Government Crimes and the Destruction of Native American Culture and History

United States history sometimes seems to be watered down, with misconceptions of what really took place during her up rise into a “democracy”.  Many stories are never told, or if they are, many of the true events are left out.  Some of the most notable historical events with the Native American people are the Trail of Tears, the abduction of Native American children to place them in White schools; as Pratt said “Kill the Indian, save the Man” (http://www.nativepartnership.org/site/PageServer?pagename=airc_hist_boardingschools), the Sioux Massacre in 1890 and 1973, and even today with the DAPL project in North Dakota.  The mistreatment of the Native American people can be seen through-out history; they are native to these lands and the mortality rate is an estimated 90%, this is greater than any holocaust, but yet never mentioned.

1492 began the genocide of the Native American people in the Americas, when Europeans started to roam the globe.  At first, the deaths were not intentional, as new diseases were introduced to the Natives of the land.  With no previous exposure to these European diseases, the introduction of such began the start of many deaths, and later became part of the first biological warfare that the Europeans used to claim vast territory in the America’s.  Historians will try to debunk this, as it would be horrific to think that our European Ancestors could devise such cruelty.  “In 1763, the British general Jeffrey Amherst gave blankets taken from infected corpses to deliberately infect nearby natives. Many legends of similar instances of intentional transmission exist throughout the contact period. Written documents indicate that many Europeans were using smallpox on their side (“It has pleased Our Lord to give the said people a pestilence of smallpox that does not cease…”).”                                               ( https://www.varsitytutors.com/earlyamerica/early-america-review/volume-11/native-americans-smallpox).

After millions of Natives were wiped out, President Andrew Jackson signed into law the Indian Removal Act, authorizing the president to grant unsettled lands west of the Mississippi in exchange for Indian lands within existing state borders. A few tribes went peacefully, but many resisted the relocation policy. During the fall and winter of 1838 and 1839, the Cherokees were forcibly moved west by the United States government. Approximately 4,000 Cherokees died on this forced march, which became known as the “Trail of Tears.” (https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Indian.html).  The relocation of the Cherokees during harsh winter climates caused many to starve and freeze to death, with US Soldiers doing nothing to prevent this mortality.

This forced relocation, not only up-rooted families from their native land, it slowly wiped out the Native American culture and way of life and started a long history of poverty for the Native American people.  In 1831, Chief Justice John Marshall characterized the relationship between the Natives and the government as “resembling that of a ward to his guardian.”  Marshall established the Federal trust doctrine, which assigned the government as the trustee of Indian affairs.  Underlying this doctrine is the notion that the Native American People were not capable of owning or managing their lands, giving the government all legal ownership and not allowing the Indians to mortgage their assets for loans like other Americans.

After the reservations were established, the government start “ripping” children from their homes and putting them in boarding schools off the reservations.  These acts of “kidnapping” and abuse to Native American Children lasted until just as recent as 1978 when the Indian Child Welfare Act was signed into law.  This law gave parents back their legal rights and allowed them to legally deny their child attending schools off the reservation.  Many Native Americans saw boarding schools as a “destruction to the Native American Culture, and the most severe crime, breaking the fundamental of all human ties, the parent-child bond.” (http://www.nativepartnership.org/site/PageServer?pagename=airc_hist_boardingschools).

Treaties between the government and the Natives were established to protect the Natives from ever being invaded again, but through-out history these treaties have been broken, as white settlers and people with power moved onto reservation land, and the Natives were forced to give up more land once again.  This leads to the Sioux massacres’ of 1890 and 1973.  After many treaties between the Sioux and the government were established, and broken, they were finally moved to what is known as the Wasteland of North Dakota and South Dakota.  In 1874 the treaty was resolved when gold was found in the Black Hills.  Soon many gold prospectors started settling on the Sioux sacred Black Hills, instead of the government chasing the illegal settlers out, they forced the Sioux to give up their Sacred Holy land to the white settlers.  Lakota children were being removed from their families and sent to missionary schools and all the bison had been exterminated.  Again more treaties were drawn up and more land taken away, this caused much tension between the Sioux and the government to form.

In 1889 the Sioux had learned of a new religion formed in Nevada by Wovoka, a Paiute Shaman in 1870.  The Ghost Dance was the Native American answer to the subjugation from the U.S. Government, in attempt to restore Native culture and combat disease and poverty, it gave the Native American people hope.  There was different reactions to this new religion by white settlers and the government, some went to watch the Ghost Dance; others, especially the U.S. Government, saw it as a precursor to renewed Native American militancy and rebellion.  The U.S. Government (The Bureau of Indian Affairs) banned the Ghost Dance.  In 1890 the Sioux and other Tribes were going to come together to participate in the Ghost Dance, rumors were spread quickly, causing fear and panic to the U.S. Government and white settlers, “in November 1890 president Benjamin Harrison ordered the military to take control over Lakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota. On December 29, 1890, 300 Lakota men, women and children were killed in an event that came to be known as the Massacre of Wounded Knee. What started as a peaceful religious movement in 1889, was brutally ended a year later by the U.S. military.” (http://teaching.msa.maryland.gov/000001/000000/000138/html/t138.html).   In 1972 Dick Wilson became the Tribal Chairman.  He terrorized the Sioux which led to standoff between the U.S. Government and the Sioux Indians in 1973.  The lives of the Sioux has improved very little since then, and is much like living in a third world country, even today.

The U.S. Government have been maltreating the Native Americans since their arrival in 1492, and even today with  DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline), an oil pipeline that will desecrate Sacred Burial Grounds.

In conclusion, the American people and the world criticized, cried, and were in outrage with the Holocaust of the Jewish people by Hitler, but yet they have been performing similar acts (if not worse) of genocide to the indigenous people of the Americas since 1492.  The fallacy of history that is taught in the educational system is an outright crime, it truly does break the fundamental ties between parent and child, and hides the truth, so when people repeat history, it is because they were not taught true history, but only taught lies to cover up mass genocide.