"UNITED NATIVE AMERICA"Designating May 1, 2005, as "Tamanend's Day" in Pennsylvania. The Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, in 1777, set aside the first of May for the annual honoring of the Lenape sachem Tamanend, who made the Great Treaty with William Penn at the founding of Pennsylvania.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY ROONEY, GRUCELA, WATERS, LEDERER, CALTAGIRONE, ROSS, HENNESSEY, BALDWIN, LESCOVITZ, FREEMAN, HERSHEY, FORCIER, MELIO, BEBKO-JONES, BELARDI, READSHAW, GOODMAN, B. SMITH, THOMAS, RAPP, STABACK, SHANER, SEMMEL, JAMES, WOJNAROSKI, PHILLIPS, SATHER, SCAVELLO, MAJOR, YOUNGBLOOD AND PISTELLA,
MARCH 21, 2005 INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER
1 Designating May 1, 2005, as "Tamanend's Day" in Pennsylvania.
By Gus Wiencke
TAMANEND was partner with William Penn in a boldly conceived agreement dated 1683 that Europeans and Indians would live together in peace as long as the creeks and rivers run and while the sun, moon, and stars endure.
Penn's unprecedented Indian treaties captured the imagination of Europe. Voltaire wrote about them as portent of a new age and an exception to European extermination and expulsion or even enslavement of the American Indians.
As an Indian, Tamanend trusted Penn and his lofty ideal of a commonwealth of freedom, peace, and tolerance for all inhabitants.
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