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Western NY village honoring tribe's 1813 heroics

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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LEWISTON — A monument honoring Tuscarora Indians for saving American lives in western New York during the War of 1812 is being unveiled on the 200th anniversary of the tribe's heroics.

The ceremony for the Tuscarora Heroes Monument is being held Thursday night in the Niagara County village of Lewiston, on the Niagara River 20 miles north of Buffalo.

The event will feature more than 150 re-enactors from the U.S. and Canada recreating the events of Dec. 19, 1813, when British troops and their Indian allies attacked Lewiston, burning the frontier village and killing many of its residents.

Tuscarora Indians in a nearby village rushed to their aid. Despite their small force, the Tuscaroras halted the attack and got the surviving villagers to safety.

The monument features two Tuscarora men rescuing a woman carrying a baby.

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