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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Last Pequonnock is 110 Uncas By TOM TIEIJE BRIDGEPORT, Coun, Ev- ery so often Ed Sherman puls on his headdress. Beads on the band. Feathers at a trail. Made in Japan, most likely. He stands there, smiling, or maybe not smiling, white Boy Scouts ask questions about yesterday. "Uh, did you ever scalp any- Once there were many ot them. In the days before the white man, aboriginal Indian tribes were the civilization in Connecticut. Pequots, Mohe- gans, Narraganset early set- Uers here wrote of perhaps 000 red men ruling lEe land with Such authority that "we feare travel in the and even after the new society es- tablished few immigrant citi- lens questioned that the Indian name Qttinnehtukqut (Beside the Long Tidal River) should forever be retained to mark this spot. Today both the tndian popula- tion and the Indian influence have been reduced in Quinneh- tukqut. Less than two dozen "official" Indians live on four scattered reservations. Authori- ties doubt there is a full-blood Indian left in the state. And many of the smaller tribes, such as the Pequonnock, have be- come all but extinct. says Ed Shea-man, "I never scalped but maybe my ancestors did." Sherman should know. At 84 years old, with cataracts in his eyes and weak legs, he is label- ed hereabouts as The .Last of (lie Pequonnocks. His people, one of the first American tribes to battle the white men, have diminished to the point of no re- turn. "When I says Sher- man, "there won't be nothing leii of us." DISAPPEAR Actually, there hasn't been much left of Ihe Pecmonnocks for years. In the mid-16005 as many as of them lived on 80 acres of "perpetually" deed- ed reservation but that num- ber and that land have long since disappeared. The ground i was rudely reclaimed by Con- necticut to become part of the city o! Bridgeport. Thus the In- dians, without common bond, broke up, wandered away and lost identity. Now only Edward Sherman remains. The Last of the Pe- quonnocks. His distinction, though unique, is not exactly a royal one. The old Indian seems not so much a preservation in this commun- ity as he is a more or less for- gotten relic. says a cop giving directions, "is that nut Pequoniic still kicking rcservalii NO SIGN No lu'storic sign marks Sher- man's land. The library has but a llita folder of conflicting clip- pings on his life and limes. Neighbors say they "hardly re- member that he's there." Occa- sionally, some sight-seeing tour- ist will stop off to visit the man. "And the Boy Scouts, they still come to see me." But mostly there is no homage. says a local newspaperman, "he's kind of a joke around here." Sadly, the elements for gig- gles do exist. Besides being a member of what locals call "the smallest tribe since Sherman is also living on what may be the smallest reserva- tion in the nation; -one-half acre. The land which Sher- man says "runs from that tree there back to the stone fence and over near the bushes" is Ihe one remaining piece of the original 80-acre it ion. Yet for it all the giggles, the intimidations, the soliUtude Sherman, Last of the Pe- quonnocks, is fortunate enough as Indians go. His ground is. rent-free, his two-story home is maintained by the state at no cost (Connecticut budgets annually for Indian reservation Compared to the ma- jority of Indians in the nation's West and South, Sherman lives in mostly if musty comfort. You wouldn't disconnect your telephone if you were in business... would you? because you know good prospects might be trying to get in touch with you during the periods when your phone is disconnected. It's the same with advertising. People are buying each day. 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