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Walter H. "Chief Wild Pidgeon" Waters
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Birth: unknown, USA
Death: Sep. 4, 1927
Little Neck
Queens County
New York, USA

OBITUARY OF CHIEF WILD PIGEON
Sept. 4, 1927 New York Times James H. Waters, also known as Chief Wild Pigeon, Grand Sachem of the Montauk and Narragansett Indian Tribes, died early yesterday of heart disease at his home in Little Neck, L. I., after a short illness.
Born in Little Neck, fifty-one years ago, Waters was elected Grand Sachem of the Montauk tribe at the death of his father, John Waters. The Narragansett tribe also chose Waters as their leader and he became leader of the only tribes remaining on Long Island. He was also chief of the Shinnecock Hills reservation at the eastern end of the island. Counsel for New York City recently asked the Supreme Court in Queens to condemn part of the property on Little Neck Road used by the Indians as a burial ground. The city wanted the land to permit the widening of the road. Chief Wild Pigeon opposed the action, but a decision was rendered against him. The Court, however directed the city to bury the bodies of 300 Indians in another graveyard. The Grand Sachem had made a lifelong study of the history of the Long Island Indians and was gathering data for a book when death came. He was a member of the Flushing Historical Society and had been employed at the General Post Office in Manhattan. A brother and two sisters survive, all being residents of Little Neck. Funeral services will be held at the Waters residence, 350-85 Northern Boulevard, Little Neck, at 2 P. M. on Tuesday. Burial will be in the churchyard of Zion Episcopal Church at Douglaston, of which the chief had been a member for most of his life. 
 
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 Children:
  Charles Waters (1826 - 1896)*
 
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Burial:
Zion Episcopal Church Cemetery
Douglaston
Queens County
New York, USA
 
Maintained by: Dyane
Originally Created by: BarbaraLL
Record added: Aug 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95718293
Walter H. Chief Wild Pidgeon Waters
Added by: BarbaraLL
 
 
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God Bless the Native Americans ~ the true owners of this great land, for they appreciated the land, animals and the beauty of America ~ I have much respect for them and a gnawing pain in my heart for the way they were treated by the white man ~ rest in He...(Read more)
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 Added: Sep. 10, 2013
A man of honor.
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 Added: Aug. 21, 2012
 
 
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