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OLDER AMERICANS RECOGNITION DAY

SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

BOSTON MARATHON

Hi Andy,

Thanks so much for providing the shirt for me to run in at the BostonMarathon!  It was a great experience.  I was able to store four nutrition gels in the pockets and use them, and I ended up running my best time for amarathon.I have to tell you about a couple of things that happened at the race:  A few miles after the start, a woman came running up behind me and said, "Excuse me, I have to ask you about your shirt.  Are you part of this group?"  I said "No, I'm just a field archaeologist.  They bought me the shirt, and in turn I'm wearing the message on the back that they put there."

Then she said she was with the government, working in Indian Affairs (BIA I guess).  I mentioned that you were trying to obtain tribal status, and she said "Yes, and sovereignty too".  I told her you didn't want a casino or anything like that, and she already knew about that too!  This was unbelievable, Andy, because you have to run a qualifying time just to get into Boston; also, she would have to be a runner with similar abilities to mine to be in the same spot along the course at the same time.  We drifted apart for a short time (there were a lot of people around to get in between, and after all, we were running in a competitive race).  But I managed to run up behind her and reconnect one last time.  I told her about the Plaza Church Cemetery and the way it was being dug up (fragments, powder, bucketsetc.).  Now that, she didn't know about.  I said you were trying to save it and that you had genetic proof your ancestors are buried there.  This last statement really grabbed her attention and she said something like, "Really?"  I told her she might want to check it out, but that I had to take off because I was loosing time on the pace I needed to run.  She understood,and I went ahead.  I got the impression she may be interested in looking Into it.  My apology to you that I didn't get her name. Later, a guy came up from well behind me yelling, "Chingishnish! Chingishnish!"  He said he often runs out by Long Beach State, and I said "Oh, yeah, Puvunga!" And he said "Yeah".  So I told him about the Church Cemetery. So how about that, Andy?  Pretty amazing to have those things happen all the way out there in Massachusetts! Thanks again to you and Christina and your friend who put the message on there, etc.!

Take care,

James

OC Facility Heritage Museum

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