Mar 272017
 

There have been over 500 treaties made between the United States and Native Americans.  And there have been over 500 treaties broken.  Why?

In this article, I will concentrate on relations with those tribes east of the Mississippi—the “civilized tribes”—and five points in time that I think best illustrate how relations have gone from cooperative and respectful to intolerant and disrespectful.

Senate Resolution 76 (1987) reads:

The confederation of the original 13 colonies into one republic was influenced by the political system developed by the Iroquois Confederacy, as were many of the democratic principles which were incorporated into the constitution itself.

Jul 022015
 

Fallen_timbersAs the fever of independence was growing amongst the colonists of North America, so was the fever of expansion.  In the late eighteenth century, the Cherokee found themselves in a perpetual struggle to hang on to their ancestral lands while trying to deal with and appease their long-time trading partners, the British.  When the colonists declared their independence and went to war against Britain, the Cherokee were faced with a no-win decision.  Should they side with the colonists who were blatantly stealing their land or side with the British who they had a trade agreement with?  They chose to honor their agreement and side with the British.

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