300 years after exile, Tuscarora Nation gets monument in Greene - WNCT

300 years after exile, Tuscarora Nation gets monument in Greene County

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GREENE COUNTY, N.C. -

Three hundred years after being forced off their land, hundreds of Native Americans came home to Greene County.

On Saturday, they returned home for a monument dedicated to their ancestors.

The dedication is part of a three day event, remembering the battle at Fort Nooherookuh, where almost 1,000 members of the Tuscarora Nation were killed in the Tuscarora war.

After being exiled many of the descendants migrated north, and settle in Lewiston, New York.

On Saturday, people from the Tuscarora Nation in North Carolina and New York gathered at the battle site, off of highway 54, for the monument.

"It's cool, it's part of our culture," said eight-year-old Violet Printup of the New York Tuscarora Nation.

"To me it represents a lot. That means they finally recognize we were here and we fought a battle here and they put up a monument," said Chief of the NC Tuscarora Nation, Leon Locklear.

East Carolina University professor Julie Haber, Greene County, and members of the Tuscarora Nation all took part in the monuments design.

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