Chief Joseph represents the views of the Indian people who are being forced off their land. The Indians point of view is much different from the American government and people. The Indians wanted peace and to remain on their land. “From where the sun now stands I will fight no more against the white man.” While the American people felt it was their destiny to expand and progress forward they were crushing the people who had lived on the land. Throughout history it is hardly ever mentioned how ethically wrong Americans treated the Indian people.
The Whites benefited from it by gaining more land but was also a consequence because the Indians still, hunted and raided on the territory. The reason the Indians didn’t abide by the treaty was the fact that they thought that the land couldn’t be owned. They thought the treaty was nonsense but signed anyway it to get free food. The next year President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act of 1862. The Homestead Act promoted westward expansion and further displaced Indians.
Coronado, a famous explorer, said in his report to Viceroy Mendoza that the purpose that he claimed for coming to North America was to spread the holy word of Christianity and help the natives become Christians (Doc. 3). He believed this was the best thing for the natives and that he was doing them a favor by converting them. Christopher Columbus, an explorer praised for his exploration of America, said in a letter that the natives were appreciative of the little tricots he gave them such as red caps and glass beads that they made necklaces out of (Doc. 4).
It all started out on October 12, 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue discovering the land of the new world. It has been marked in 1937 by Franklin D. Roosevelt to celebrate Columbus Day. Then in 1972 President Richard Dixon officially established it as a holiday. Many Americans are against Columbus Day being a holiday and want to replace the holiday to be called Indigenous People’s Day, because Columbus was not not the only one who discovered the new world. The Native Americans are strongly against this holiday because they had already called the discovery of a land there home for centries.
Instead of living on tiny reservations, perhaps today Native Americans would still live on large swathes of land, still unshakable in their customs. Even if the government had listened to the Cherokees after the ratification of the Treaty of New Echota when they gave their, “earnest, solemn, and reiterated protestations”, of the treaty history could have changed. A number of different, and better, outcomes exist that would not have caused so much grief and loss of life in this beautiful country. That being said, history remains the same and Jackson’s actions incapacitated Native Americans’ growth and
The guilt of his is unclear answers enlightens him, leading him to tell “Kicking Bird” about the white people. Not only does this highlight his loyalty but also his betrayal to his people(the white people). These shows growth in him not only because he has come to make a clear decision but because he has shown a sense of pride and responsibility towards the tribe after marrying his wife “Standing With a
American Indians in the West have created tribes have created their cultures many years before the first European settlers arrived.The speculations on whether the Indians were “vanishing” due to their inability to adapt to modernity and died out proved to be untrue.Native Americans were living pleasantly the way they were before they were introduced with the plague that came to be the first Europeans. The first permanent settlers in New England began arriving around the time of 1620.The Europeans wanted to live in peace with the Indians.Yet, problems began almost immediately. Perhaps the most igniting was the different views the American Indians and the Europeans believed about land.Europeans sought out wealth when claiming land, but the Indians believed that nature can not be owned and anyone who wanted to live on the land can do so.As the years passed, however, fear and a lack of understanding increased.Conflict drastically increased over time and soon violent wars began to break out between them.With the aid of diseases,the Indians began to decrease in population. As.As times went on and the Indians began to adapt and are still with us today.
I don’t know the Navajo Creation Story, just bits and pieces from what my dad remembers, who grew up on the reservation. Though I did not grow up on the reservation, it’s alright to be a city slicker as I have been told. It’s okay because my father “moved off the reservation to give his children a better education, a better home, a better life.” I know I have opportunities that many Navajos don’t get a chance to have and strive for. I know who I am but sometimes I don’t feel as if I do. The thought “I’m Navajo, but somehow I’m not,” sometimes running through my head.
The settlers also called the “white men” believed that the movement of the Indians would bring peace. The settlers also believed that they needed the land more than the native Americans so taking the land was a must do thing. Although there have been many different opinions on the trail of tears the Indians should not have been forced to move out of their homelands. Leading up to the Trail of tears Migration from the original Cherokee Nation began in the early 1800’s. Some Cherokees, that were not comfortable with the whites moving in on their territories, the Indians moved west on their own and settled in other areas of the country.
The Effect of European Exploration and Colonization on Native Americans Everyone knows that the colonization of Europeans on the Native American’s land has been disastrous to its people. The exploration of these new lands did not start with Columbus as most of us have been taught, instead stretching back all the way to the fifteenth century A.D, when millions of Native Americans lived in the America’s rather than the small amount we reduced them to. The Europeans brought other things than death to the Native Americans, however. Their culture, being greatly different than the natives, was introduced and influenced them so greatly; signs of it can still be seen today. My goal in this paper is to discuss both the good and the bad effects that came of the Europeans exploring and colonizing the America’s.
These treaties, the Treaty of Traverse de Sioux and Mendota, were supposed to establish the permanent homes of these natives, but this did not happen (Treaty of Mendota, 1851; Treaty of Traverse de Sioux, 1851). Instead, these treaties were the start of settlers pushing Natives onto small reservations or out of the state completely. In addition to signing the treaties, the Natives were coerced into signing the Traders’ Papers. The Traders’ Papers stipulated that any payment that was made to the Dakota for their land would first go to the traders to cover their debts (Lahlum, 23 Jan 2017). When the Dakota signed these papers, they were never translated, so they did not know what they were signing (Lahlum, 23 Jan 2017).
Perhaps the most controversial of Jackson’s actions during his presidency is the Indian Removal Act of 1830 that lead to the Trail of Tears. Soon after becoming president, Jackson passed the former act which called for the relocation of native tribes from their homelands to a designated “Indian territory” in present-day Oklahoma. While Jackson had a clear idea of his plans, he befriended the tribes and promised them prosperity, friendship, and the possibility of becoming civilized children of God. In other words, he, the symbol of reassurance in America, stabbed the backs of all natives. Beyond the question of Jackson 's morality, what was the ultimate reason behind the removal?
In 1858, the government had directly taken the reserves given to the Native Americans for resources the nation had wanted. The absolute least we as a nation and sports league can do is take away a name that the Native Americans find offense to their culture. We have not given them a voice until recently, although it is still flawed in how we value their opinion. Cynthia Connolly, one of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, says mascots representing them most often reflect who they were in the 1800s, as warriors.
With the Indians finally placed in a spot which is theirs, though far away from where they were born, a fake delegation arises and causes them to withdraw from that land. "It comes to us, not through our legitimate authorities, the known and usual medium of communication between the Government of the United States and our nation, but through the agency of a complication of powers, civil and military. ”(Cherokee letter protesting the Treaty of New Echota, 1836), without looking back, and only viewing their future straight forward, the US takes everything they can and don’t even try to reduce the Native Indians ' pain. Instead of trying to solve the main problem and stop the treaty from forcing the Native Indians out of their land, they sent troops to make it fast and clean. "Our property may be plundered before our eyes; violence may be committed on our persons; even our lives may be taken away, and there is none to regard our complaints.
This claim is backed up in another one of Stephen Ambrose’s essays titled “Reporting to the President.” Ambrose quotes Lewis when he writes, “The merit of having added to the world of science, and of liberty, a large portion of the immense unknown wilds of North America, is equally due to...those who were the joint companions of our labours and difficulties in performing that task” (419). Lewis was the leader of the first successful expedition to explore the west, and he is the one many give credit to for doing that. Lewis knew that he would be remembered as the hero, and many of the common people who had helped him along the way would be forgotten. He recognizes them by saying that his expedition would not have been possible without those average citizens. This example shows that even though most people remember Meriwether Lewis as the sole explorer that paved the way for westward expansion, there was a team of common folks that were responsible for his success.