News Article: The Randolph Enterprise
“The unveiling of the Indian monument at Mingo, in the southern end of the county, at the head of Tygart’s Valley River, took place in accordance with the program on Saturday, September 25, 1920.
“The monument stands about 20 feet high and an Indian is represented standing listening, looking and ready for the “war path” upon short notice.
“Some 1200 or 1500 people attended the meeting from Pocahontas and Randolph counties and a few from other sections, who are candidates for political honors. The dinner served was superb and praised by all who attended as being one of the biggest, best and freest dinners ever offered in the county.”
Captain William H. Cobb, National Historical Society:
“The Indian “village site” at Mingo has been regarded as the habitat of this tribe, but it is with no certainty that this is at all correct, but on the other hand it would appear that this village was the abode of some other tribe, for we have no account which would make this a Mingo home.”
Mr. Andrew Price, Editor Pocahontas Times:
“We must enter a vigorous protest against the historian’s conclusions. It all goes to show that the only way to preserve the history of your own people is to do it yourself and not depend on some person a thousand miles away to do you justice. Such men do not know and they do not care. To doubt that the Mingo Indians once had their tribal center at Mingo Flats is equivalent to what would be the case if some historian would arise… and deny that there were ever any catfish in the Greenbrier River.
Reference: Monument to, and History of the Mingo Indians
Native American Collection, Cornell University Library, 1921
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uesday 16 November 2010