After the massacre the Commissioner of Indian affairs tried to prove they were not put in situations that forced them to rebel/ run away (refused food; starved, not provided with warm proper clothing they were promised in the treaty, driven off their lands and forced to stay confined on a reservation that wasn’t theirs). 5. Why did A Century of Dishonor strike so positive a chord among readers, including U.S
The Chickasaw tribe reluctantly agreed to this treaty under pressure from the United States, which left them little to no choice because of its mass power. In return for agreeing to this treaty, the federal government offered to provide the Chickasaw tribe with suitable Western land and would protect them until they moved to it. As a result of this treaty, the Chickasaw lost their ability to determine their own areas of settlement. This ‘negotiation’ demonstrates Jackson’s majority rule instead of looking out for the rights of all people, including minority groups that Jackson often showed a disinterest in helping. After this, Jackson believed, because the powers of the Mohigan, the Narragansett, and the Delaware tribes were growing over the power of the Choctaw, the Cherokee, and the Creek, that the weaker tribes should be moved to a different land to be protected.
Despite the documentary many Europeans were killed during these massacres as well as Indians. The director not showing the Europeans being killed is a form of selection of detail. This takes away our traditional views of Indians from the old Cowboy and Indian movies where Indians kidnapped women and children and the white people were there savior. When the Europeans settled in America they tried to recreate Britain in this land but the climate, plants and animals were totally different so they were upsetting the natural ecosystem of the land. Whereas this is what the Indians had successfully not done by harvesting only what they need.
Indians depicted it as becoming denationalized as document H explains. The Cherokees repeatedly protested. Document I clearly states that the Cherokees believed that had the right to their land. To move beyond the Mississippi, to unknown territory, was a great burden to them. The treaties created were not fulfilled even though they guaranteed Indian privileges and protection from intruders, thus driving the Natives to exile.
As a nation, America should be proud of the first people that lived there, and should embrace Native Americans as a part of our history. However, this has not always been the way that America looks at Native Americans, as this country went through a time in the late 19th century when we wanted to eradicate their entire population, and take all their land for ourselves and our westward expansion. Because of these selfish, inhumane ideas, terrible things like The Trail of Tears happened, and if Indian tribes were not being killed, they were being converted by force. One of the things that suffered along with the Native American cultures and tribes, was their languages. These beautiful, sophisticated
The colonizing Society also has the pessimistic attitude of hostility and unfriendliness with the Indians and they advised Ms. Carr not to visit Kitwancool. “ White men told about the Kitwancool poles too, but when I told them I wanted to go there, they advised me “keep out” (138). No, I would certainly have said, ‘keep out’
148), the movement staged many protests against prejudiced Indian rights leading up to the siege at Wounded Knee. Wounded Knee was a rebellion of the extension of the White government control, by the Indians. The Whites established a government and military quickly after the colonisation of America that pacified the Indians in order to gain control of resources. This is the natural order of colonisation and with this idea combined with the fact that these Indians were educated (as by decree of the very same government), this caused the uprising against their White oppressors by the Indians, (Bodley, 1999, p.60). It seemed a disaster waiting to happen.
Throughout this historical era, a series of wars continued with U.S expansion for the rest of 19th century, however, the battle of Sand Creek illustrated a disturbing massacre by the United States that could have been avoided. The United States involvement in the west caused conflict between white settlers and Indians because the Indian Territory shrunk tremendously. Their territory went from occupying four different states to just a small patch of land in Eastern Colorado. This event in history proved that the Indians were simply confused. Their intentions were to settle territorial occupancy with the United States in a non-violent manner.
If they did choose to stay the Indians will have to obey the states laws anyways. Why not move to the west of the Mississippi River and try to claim their own independent state there. Lastly, is the race and color card. The Indians are clearly not white men; therefore they would probably be thrown into slavery and be treated like the African American. Even worse, if the Indians bear their grounds many will be killed by the white men for trying to hold the land and the Indian race can be even extinct.
This event was almost certainly a defensive act of military terrorism against the troublesome Blackfoot Confederacy of Blood, Piegan, and Blackfoot tribes. Despite it being an embarrassment and an event of dishonor to the U.S. cavalry, Major Baker felt the Piegan had to be punished because of their past or future guilt. However there was never an investigation on the incident and it was