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117. The US Constitution was based on Iroquois Confederation's Constitution
From the article: Benjamin Franklin, one of the original architects of the United States government, introduced as a model for the country's framework document the constitution of the Iroquois Nation, according to a Smithsonian Institution specialist of American Indian history.

The Iroquois, a North American Indian confederacy of several tribes, allied with some of the first European settlers of what later became the United States.

The Iroquois' detailed constitution -- called the Great Law of Peace -- guaranteed freedom of religion and expression and other rights later embraced in the U.S. Constitution, said Jaime Hill, co-editor of "American Indian," a new Smithsonian magazine about the past, present and future of indigenous peoples from throughout the Western Hemisphere.



Writer's Note: This entry is to show that many major historical contributions are distorted, swept away, and/or forgotten if the contributions aren't from the majority demographic group.


http://usinfo.state.gov/scv/Archive/2005/May/17-246412....
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