Native Americans lived on the land that is now Washington, DC for several thousand years before English settlers arrived in the early 1600s. The Native people had villages, quarries and burial grounds throughout the city, ranging from what is now Rock Creek Park to the grounds of the White House. These sites speak of the history of the Anacostans and the preceding tribes who once walked the land under historic sites and museums that now neglect them. Local author Armand Lione details the record of the Native tribes of the District and deals with the complex question of why these stories have not been offered to the public.
Dr. Armand Lione began studying the history of the Native people of Washington, DC, after spending time in Australia, where the local Indigenous people are celebrated. Trained as a toxicologist, Dr. Lione has lived and worked in the city for more than forty years, evaluating studies on the possible reproductive effects of thousands of agents. His studies led him to uncover the many sites in Washington where evidence of previous Native occupation has been found. His work has connected him with local Piscataway leaders. Brief reports of his findings have previously been published in blogs, on websites and in news stories.