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Lucy Friedlander Covington (1910 – 1982)

 
 
Lucy Friedlander Covington (1910 – 1982) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Klinger, May 8, 2019
1. Lucy Friedlander Covington (1910 – 1982) Marker
Inscription.  From the 1940’s – 1960’s, U.S. Indian Policy was Termination. The policy strove for Native American Tribes to sell their lands to the government. The Tribes would disband and “assimilate” into American society, ending their unique identities.

Covington was a member of the Colville Tribal Council when Termination was proposed. She recognized Termination would end the Colville people. Virtually alone at first, she fought Termination, Council member by member. The Council turned against Termination.

Covington repeatedly traveled to Washington, D.C. lobbying Congressional leaders why the Termination policy was an injustice to Native Americans. Covington’s efforts attracted broader and broader support from the Native American Communities. 1970, President Richard Nixon ended Termination.

Lucy fought for Colville rights. She ended protecting the rights and heritage of all Native Americans.

Covington was the great-granddaughter of Chief Moses. Her mother was Nellie Moses, granddaughter of Chief Moses. Lucy’s father, Louis Friedlander, was of Nez Perce/Okanagan and Jewish ancestry. For
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more on Lucy: EWU.EDU/COVINGTON
 
Erected 2019 by Lucy Covington Center, Eastern Washington University, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation Markers marker series.
 
Location. 47° 29.431′ N, 117° 34.95′ W. Marker is in Cheney, Washington, in Spokane County. Marker is on Washington Street. Near Williamson Hall on Eastern Washington University campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cheney WA 99004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Four Lakes (approx. 5 miles away); The Battle of Spokane Plains (approx. 11 miles away); Temple Beth Shalom (approx. 13.3 miles away); Colville - Walla Walla Road (approx. 13.8 miles away); The Great Fire of 1889 (approx. 14 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Lucy Friedlander said, "If an Indian doesn’t have land, he has nothing.” In nine words she summarized the meaning and the importance of her life fight to end Termination.
 
Also see . . .  Lucy Friedlander Covington “The Native American, Martin Luther King” – With Jewish. “Lucy Friedlander Covington was extraordinary. Her grandfather Herman Friedlander was Jewish and her grandmother an Entiat tribal woman. According to Lucy, neither of the couple learned the other’s language, so their seven children spoke both Jewish/German and Entiat.” CHARLES TRIMBLE Oglala Lakota (Submitted on May 25, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida.) 
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Additional keywords. Native American, Native American Rights, Land, culture, identity
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on May 21, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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