Thursday, May 16, 2019

Request Meeting at Bolling to Discuss Marking Anacostan History

To address the issues raised by the Cost of Forgetting video on the Once As It Was map, I've requested a meeting with the Commander of Bolling Airforce Base to discuss markers for the Anacostan history of the site.

Check the comments for this entry to see the reply that was sent in mid June!

May 15, 2019

533 4th St. SE
Washington, DC

Captain Jose L. Rodriguez, Commanding Officer
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
20 MacDill Blvd SW
Washington, DC 20032

Dear Captain Rodriquez,

As you may know, the documented history of the land which Bolling now covers began in 1608 when Captain John Smith identified it as the tribal land of the Chief of the Nacotchtank/Anacostan Natives (see link below to article with the detailed references and telling of the Anacostan story). The remains of over 100 Natives that were found on the Base in 1937, when it was being expanded, are also a significant part of that history (T. D. Stewart & W. R. Wedel, 1937).

Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any acknowledgement of this Native American history on the Base (see The Cost of Forgetting video, link below).

I would like to meet with you or your representative and the base historian to discuss what might be done to acknowledge these important parts of the history of Bolling.

Best wishes,

Armand Lione, Ph.D., Director
DC Native History Project
Washington, DC


Why Did the Anacostan Indians Choose to Live on Capitol Hill?”
by Armand Lione, Ph.D. (online at:

T. D. Stewart and W. R. Wedel, "The Finding of Two Ossuaries on the Site of the Indian Village of
Nacotchtanke (Anacostia)." Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 27, no. 5 (1937): 213-19.

See also:

The Cost of Forgetting (online at: )