By Joshua Dickson
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Sept. 17 is Constitution Day
Besides well-known European precedents — from Greece, Rome, and English common law, among others — Indigenous American ideas of democracy have profoundly shaped the government of the United States. Immigrants arrived in colonial America seeking freedom and found it in the confederacies of the Iroquois and other Native nations. By the time of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, these ideas were common currency in the former colonies, illustrated in debates involving Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.*
Two hundred years after the Constitutional Convention, the U.S. Congress acknowledged this formally in H.Con.Res. 331.
Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) introduced S.Con.Res. 76 on Sept. 16, 1987, and The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held Hearings Dec. 2 1987. Representative Morris Udall (D-Arizona) introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives as H.Con.Res. 331. The House agreed to H.Con.Res. 331 on Oct. 4, 1988 by a vote of 408-8, and the Senate agreed to H.Con.Res. 331 by voice vote on Oct. 21, 1988.