Original 1940 Massachusetts Governor Leverett Saltonstall Broadside
Designate and Set Apart Monday, August 12, 1940 as Indian Day
Original Massachusetts Proclamation Broadside, issued on behalf of His Excellency, the Governor, Leverett Saltonstall, by the Secretary of the Commonwealth Frederic W. Cook.
Massachusetts looks back at her early days with a clearer perspective than ever before. In those days of conflict and confusion it was hard for her to give credit to many of the fine inherent qualities hidden behind the red skins of the Indians. She does so now. She sees generation after generation of young Indians graduating from the White Man's institutions of learning, desiring to take their places in the constructive forces of the Nation. Then she looks back, and turns the mirror of Time to the days of the Pilgrim Fathers, and in her mind's eye she sees again Massasoit, - that stalwart friend with his two magnificent sons, Alexander and Metacom, the latter so royal in appearance that he was called King Philip by the settlers, - and Whitamoo, Squaw-Sachem of the Pocassets, whom they spoke of as a queen, - and old Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics, - wily old man but something of a philosopher, - and Awashonks, Squaw-Sachem of the Sogkonates, a princess if there ever was one, with her bodyguard of powerful Indian braves, - these and others come out from the long-ago and pass before her, and in each one she now recognizes the underlying attributes of valor, and patriotism, staunch qualities that history has revealed. The Indians can learn a great deal from the White Man, but the White Man can also find much to learn from the Indians. It is but right that these valiant specimens of the Indian race should receive recognition, just as it is right that the contribution to the country by Indians of these modern times who through education and industry are proving themselves to be valuable citizens should be acknowledged.
Therefore, in memory of the great Indian Chiefs connected with our early history, and in commendation of all those Indians of the present generation who are striving to make themselves an asset to the welfare of this great Republic, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 12 I of Chapter 6 of the General Laws, I, Leverett SaItonstall, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby designate and set apart Monday, August 12, 1940 as INDIAN DAY and request that the citizens of our Commonwealth commemorate by suitable observances three centuries of harmony and peace between the Red and the White Man in Massachusetts.
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