chapter  5
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No Future without Forgiveness: Restorative Justice Scripts

On March 18, 1806, five days before their departure from Fort Clatsop, Lewis and Clark sent four of their men to steal a canoe from the hospitable Chinook whose assistance helped keep the expedition alive through the wet and wretched winter. This was the first time Lewis and Clark had stolen anything from the Indians. According to James Ronda, the act was not merely a violation of expedition policy. It was a betrayal of friendship the captains had enjoyed with Chief Coboway and an offense to a community, where the beautifully carved canoes were a sacred part of the Chinook culture.