The Indians ended up killing innocents out of anger and revenge. The Cheyennes had raided a Hungate Ranch 25 miles east of Denver, killing the rancher, his wife, and two daughters who were six and three; their mutilated bodies were publicly displayed in a Denver store (Millard, 1964, p. 75). This added more fire to the fuel. Two Indians also caused the demise of a Cheyenne village just because they wanted to smoke. They had tried to stop a mail wagon to ask if the driver could give them some tobacco, but the driver ended up firing his six-shooter due to rumors of Indian trouble.
They think that the ghost dance was an disrupting, creepy sacred ceremony which would bring the spirits of the dead back to life. U.S military forces were immediately sent to stop the ceremony. U.S forces believed that Sitting Bull was the leader of the dance, they decided to arrest him. On December 15, Sitting Bull and some of his troops were murdered by agency police who was sent to arrest him. The reason given for the murder claimed that Sitting Bull had resisted arrest.
They feared that their livelihood and homes were in jeopardy. The dance spread to Lakota. This group included seven tribes who were known as warriors and buffalo-hunters. The Bureau of Indian Affairs were troubled because they thought the Lakota taken on a military approach and began making ghost shirts that would protect them from bullets. The BIA sent the tribal police to arrest Sitting Bull and to make them stop the dance.
When his family was wiped out by Mexicans and bounties of $25-100 were offered for Apache scouts, he rebelled, stating that, “His heart would ache for revenge.” As a cunning warrior, he led effective guerilla campaigns against the settlers, army and Mexicans for 35 years. This film deftly details the determined efforts of a small Chiricahua Apache band to resist the encroachment into their land of Mexicans, miners, ranchers, farmers, settlers and the U.S. government, as they sought to exploit it for profit and settlement. This is a familiar tragic tale in US history, but, in this case, the harsh treatment and intensity of hatred were exceptional in the wars against the Apaches. As documented with haunting black & white photos, letters, books, journals and newspaper accounts, it is an unpleasant story of cruelty, prejudice and betrayal. The government eventually won the war and moved the Apaches as prisoners to unhealthy reservations far away in Florida and later Oklahoma.
The interactions between Settlers and Native Americans can best be described as a shameful episode of American history. Over the course of 100 years, Native Americans were subjected to shameful acts including brutal treatment, broken treaties, and the destruction of their culture by white Settlers. The first century of the United States is filled with shameful words and acts of brutality toward Native American cultures. Founding fathers and ‘heroes’ such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson referred to Native Americans as “Wolves and beasts” and advocated efforts to “Pursue them to extermination.” These were not empty threats, as his actions toward Native Americans earned Washington the nickname “Destroyer of towns” as he promoted the slaughter of natives both hostile and otherwise. After that, future President Andrew Jackson promoted the wholesale slaughter and mutilation of natives in the 1830s, ordering his men to cut the noses off hundreds of slain natives to provide accurate body counts.
Government soldiers killed 300 Sioux women, children, and men. The Indians who assimilated in order to survive were “whitemanized.” Crow Dog’s mother was sterilized (without her permission). Crow Dog writes of how she wishes she could “purge it out.” She was referring to her own white blood. In addition to her own internal struggles, Crow Dog writes about the oppression of Native Americans. According to Crow Dog (1991), “the fight for our land is at the core of our existence, as it has been for the last two hundred years.
When a Kwakiutl chief’s sister and her daughter were presumed dead after not returning from a trip to Victoria, the chief gathered together his warriors. Collectively, they determined that some of the tribe would be required to ‘wail” die, to remediate the chief’s loss. The warriors then formed a war party, and killed seven men and children whom they discovered sleeping. Not only were these individuals innocent of any involvement in the disappearance, they were not even aware of the chief’s loss. After committing these murders, the warriors “felt good” (140), believing they had successfully wiped out the affront against their tribal chief.
Anyone that the plague came upon, caused reddening stains on the face and the body would appear, which caused the individual to be thrown in a secluded quarantine factory. This disease appeared in over less than an hour. During this time no one could find the cure for this impeccable disease. As time goes on mass destruction is steady rising in the city. When President Toro heard of this distraught news he was horrified of the mass destruction that was going on.
As the Indians would come to rob them the blacks would be there to fight them off. When they first started, they lost heavily to the Indians. They were stationed along the Smokey River, Kansas. “They strength of the regiment was 25 officers and 702 enlisted men (Bigelow).” The first engagement the regiment had with Indians was right before their departure for Fort Leavenworth. Captain Armes and his crew of 36 fought 300 Indians.
The Sioux are a Native American tribe and First Nations people. The Sioux or Dakota Indians were a large group of Indians found by the French in 1640, next to the Mississippi River. They occupied large areas coming from the Arkansas River in the south, to the western tributary of Lake Winnipeg. They lived in Great Plains in states such as; North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. The Sioux were also one on the tribes found by Lewis and Clark on their journey.