Looks Essay

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Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, checks and balances, and citizens’ voice: These are fundamental values in America’s democracy, all of which have been derived from the Iroquois Confederacy. The Iroquois can be dated back Native Americans can be dated back to over ten thousand years ago. One of the most sophisticated early forms of government is from the Iroquois Confederacy made up of five tribes: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca. These are the Native Americans that lived sidelong the colonists showing them their life style. Many people thought that Native American’s were nomadic savages, but, that is not the case. In fact, it is the very opposite. The Iroquois had one of the first recorded documents, a constitution of sorts, governing their people. This constitution is the Ne Gayanashagowa or more commonly called The Great Law of Peace or the Great Law. This constitution was written by Dekanawida who was the founder of the Iroquois. This constitution outlines the rules of the Iroquois for common life, politics, and leadership. Colonists took these ideas and reformatted them to a constitution of their own. The Iroquois confederacy was founded by Dekanawida, a Native American born I Canada. He was the clan leader of the Iroquois confederacy and the person who held the five tribes together. The Iroquois Confederacy can be dated back to about the fourteenth century, hundreds of years before the Europeans came to America (Hinter 15) so there is no way that the Europeans had any effect on the Iroquois, in fact they only affected it after wards and made it worse over all. The Iroquois Confederacy is run by Dekanawida and the Ne Gayanashagowa, the Iroquois constitution and law, sometimes referred to as The Great Law of Peace. The main points of the Iroquois constitution are freedoms of the people, equality, unity, checks and balances, sovereignty, and

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