US Presidents in Their Own Words Concerning American Indians
I'll just post some high-and-low- lights
Yay,the guy on quarters and dollar bills!
"Indian's and wolves are both beasts of prey, tho' they differ in shape."
Yay, the guy on $20 bills!
"My original convictions upon this subject have been confirmed by the course of events for several years, and experience is every day adding to their strength. That those tribes cannot exist surrounded by our settlements and in continual contact with our citizens is certain. They have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement which are essential to any favorable change in their condition. Established in the midst of another and a superior race, and without appreciating the causes of their inferiority or seeking to control them, they must necessarily yield to the force of circumstances and ere long disappear."
Yay, the guy on more money who is mythologised like whoa because he was a hero!
"Ordered that of the Indians and Half-breeds sentenced to be hanged by the military commission, composed of Colonel Crooks, Lt. Colonel Marshall, Captain Grant, Captain Bailey, and Lieutenant Olin, and lately sitting in Minnesota, you cause to be executed on Friday the nineteenth day of December, instant, the following names, to wit… " Text from President Lincoln to General Sibley ordering the execution of American Indians in Minnesota.
Okay, see the jump in time between ^that and \/ that one? About 100 years? While there are quotes from other presidents on the article, this is the first one that I could possibly say has the slightest glimmer of positivity about it.
"For a subject worked and reworked so often in novels, motion pictures, and television, American Indians remain probably the least understood and most misunderstood Americans of us all."
"The American Indian, once proud and free, is torn now between White and tribal values; between the politics and language of the White man and his own historic culture. His problems, sharpened by years of defeat and exploitation, neglect and inadequate effort, will take many years to overcome."
I always fucking knew that R. Regan was fucking evil.
"Let me tell you just a little something about the American Indian in our land. We have provided millions of acres of land for what are called preservations - or reservations, I should say. They, from the beginning, announced that they wanted to maintain their way of life, as they had always lived there in the desert and the plains and so forth. And we set up these reservations so they could, and have a Bureau of Indian Affairs to help take care of them. At the same time, we provide education for them - schools on the reservations. And they're free also to leave the reservations and be American citizens among the rest of us, and many do. Some still prefer, however, that way - that early way of life. And we've done everything we can to meet their demands as to how they want to live. Maybe we made a mistake. Maybe we should not have humored them in that wanting to stay in that kind of primitive lifestyle. Maybe we should have said, no, come join us; be citizens along with the rest of us." Ronald Reagan
I was only very young when Regan was ending his terms as president. I learned years later that my mom was totally taken in by him and registered as a Republican when he was up for election. I don't hold it against her, she is very politically naive. But she is much more aligned with me when it comes to politics, and she is Native American. I wonder if she would regret all of that now, after seeing this. He was fucking evil. And I had to take time out of a beach vacation with my family to watch his fucking funeral service on TV. Fuck him and everything he ever fucking said.
Alright, so I'm guilty of a bit of Bush-Baiting... I'm not sorry about it
"Tribal sovereignty means that. It's sovereign. You're a… you're a… you've been given sovereignty and you're viewed as a sovereign entity."
George W. Bush
"We also recommit to supporting tribal self-determination, security, and prosperity for all Native Americans. While we cannot erase the scourges or broken promises of our past, we will move ahead together in writing a new, brighter chapter in our joint history."