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The Battle of Hayes Pond: When The Lumbee Defeated The Klu Klux Klan

Have you heard of the battle of Hayes Pond? It’s not a battle you read about in your textbooks, but it should be. This #IndigenousPeoplesDay we want to honor the many incredible examples of resistance of native people throughout history.

The battle of Hayes Pond took place in North Carolina in 1958. After a cross-burning on a Lumbee woman’s yard, 500 Lumbee people drove out the Klu Klux Klan in a display of heroism worthy of more than the single statue commemorating it. Watch and you tell us if you think the U.S. should really have 150+ statues of Columbus and only one statue for the Battle of Hayes Pond.

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