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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Indians want Huron Co. back

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:58 AM

Oct. 27, 1953

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 54 years ago:

Indians petitioning  for return of county

WASHINGTON — The Indians want Huron County back.

Or if they can’t have the land back, they want more adequate compensation than uncle Sam paid them more than a century ago for the land that now comprises Huron County.

The Indian tribes aren’t fooling either. They have brought suit against the federal government and have asked the Indian Claims Commission to set a fair value on the land that they say was taken from their ancestors under duress.

The tribes whose claims embrace Huron County are the Senecas, Hurons, Delawares, Wyandots, Miamis and Chippewas. Descendants of these Indians still live on reservations in the West.  

Indian claims have always been present in Washington, but the current suits are being taken more seriously than any in the past. Congress in 1946 plagued by the constant flood of Indian petitions, passed a law setting up the Indian Claims Commission to hear all cases. No statute of limitations was set which means that the Indians can sue as far back as 1776, when the Untied States came into being.

Claim of the Indian tribes to Huron County goes back to the Treaty of Greenville of 1795, which ended the campaign of Gen. “Mad Anthony” Wayne to subdue the hostile Redmen. Title of the whites to land east of the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawa rivers and south of the Greenville line in southern Ohio was expressly recognized while title of the Indians to the rest of the territory of Ohio was confirmed by this treaty.

Yet by 1817, the Indians had lost all title to Ohio lands and within two decades not a single Indian was to be found anywhere in the area.

The Indians claim that the land was taken from them under duress and that they were given “unconscionable compensation,” namely about two cents an acre.

As modern historians know only too well, the treatment of Indians in this period of American history is not a chapter of which the United States can always be proud.

Moloney gets Freedom Award from governor

Leo Moloney, Norwalk and Huron County civilian defense director today is in possession of the Freedom Foundation Award, which was presented to him Sunday by Governor Lausche in brief ceremonies at Columbus.

The award will be on display in the Miahli Studio within the near future.

In forwarding the award to Gov. Lausche for presentation, Kenneth O. Wells, president of the foundation with headquarters at Valley Forge, pointed out that Moloney was to be commended for devoted volunteer service and outstanding achievement rendered to the civil defense of the United States.

Wells then outlined Moloney’s efforts in organizing the CD organization in Norwalk and the county and stated that “he has continued to achieve outstanding results in developing CD in the area under his jurisdiction to such a high degree of effectiveness that he commands the whole-hearted support of all citizens of that community.”

Steve O’Neil, George Uhle on Kiwanis program

Steve O’Neil, manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and former catcher on the Cleveland Indians’ world championship team in 1920, will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club’s luncheon meeting tomorrow, it was announced today by C.O. Naley, October program chairman.

Mr. O’Neil will bring along George Uhle, who is equally famous as the former catcher’s battery mate on the 1920 championship team.

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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