- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 22, 2004

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) A group re-enacting the Lewis and Clark expedition pressed its journey up the Missouri River despite objections from some American Indians who question the legacy of the original expedition.

The re-enactors set out Monday under police escort from Chamberlain, where they had camped over the weekend.

Alex White Plume, a Lakota from Pine Ridge, had asked the group to go home. One sign at a weekend protest said the expedition 200 years ago led to genocide of Indians and destruction of their culture.

Duane Big Eagle, chairman of the Crow Creek tribe, said he welcomed the re-enactors to his reservation and disapproved of Mr. White Plume’s actions.

“We’re living in modern times,” Mr. Big Eagle said. “We’ve got to think modern and moving ahead, not living 150 to 200 years ago.”

The re-enactors — part of a nonprofit organization called the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Mo. — began their Lewis and Clark trip last year and are scheduled to continue through 2006.

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