2001-07-28 / Letters

Not Exactly Mohawks

Not Exactly Mohawks

Dear Editor:

For some years now I have been reading your accounts of the Rockaway Indians. Sorry to tell you this, but they were not Mohawks!! They were Leni Lenape. The Mohawks were brought in by the British to control them at one point, but that is not who they were.

Having been the science coordinator in District 27 for 7 years, and the coordinator of Gateway Environmental Study Center for the past 8, I have extensively researched the topic and have made native studies part of what we do at the center.

In no way were they Mohegans or Mohawks. Read Boulton’s works, he has definitive accounts of Natives in NYC. Search the web for other info on the Lenape and the will confirm this.

Please do not educate children with wrong information. Children in the Rockaway’s are eager to learn these things…you owe it to them to be correct.

REGINA MCCARTHY

Science Coordinator


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