Summary Of The Man From Washington By Chief Joseph

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The Native Americans were a group of people who have faced injustice and intolerance throughout their history. Chief Joseph’s “An Indian Views of Indian Affairs” and James Welch’s “The Man From Washington” showcase how life was like for the Native Americans and how their situation was dealt with by the settlers. In Chief Joseph’s “An Indian Views of Indian Affairs” and James Welch’s “The Man From Washington”, the authors suggest that it is unfair that the outsiders were allowed to make decisions for particular groups and things would not be set right with time. Chief Joseph believed that the settlers always made promises to help them with their situation, however, nothing was done. Instead the Native Americans were deprived from having the …show more content…

In the text Chief Joseph states, “I have asked some of the great white chiefs where they get their authority to say to the Indian that he shall stay in one place, while he sees white men going where they please. They can not tell me.” This shows how the settlers had no reasoning to explain the reasons why the Native Americans were not allowed to live their lives as they wanted. Chief Joseph believes it is unfair that the settlers are depriving the Natives of their freedom and they are restricting the Natives to live a certain way that will not benefit them. In the text Chief Joseph also states, “It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and all the broken promises. There has been too much talking by men who had no right to talk. Too many misrepresentations have been made, too many misunderstandings have come up between the white men about the Indians.” This shows how although the settlers attempted to comfort the Natives by saying that everything will eventually be resolved at one point, these words amounted to nothing in the end. Chief Joseph believes that they had no right to talk about a situation that did not pertain to them. Furthermore, Chief Joseph shows the reader how things would not be right with time because their land was being run by people who only spoke good words without actually taking action in order to make a

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