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Hostile Takeover of the New World The Effects of the United States Government on the Indians The responsibility of any nation and the particular responsibility of elected officials of any nation is not to justify what has passed for legality but to anticipate the conditions and problems of tomorrow and attempt to deal with them The current confusion and violence in Indian Country are a result of the failure to do so by generations of elected officials in this country To continue to perpetuate myths about American Indians which have no basis in fact or in law is merely avoiding the larger issues confronting the nations of the world said author Vine Deloria Jr Deloria Prologue The United States government failed miserably in its attempt to deal with the Indians By pushing them further and further West they pushed the Indians to hate and distrust the white man to the point of war These wars resulted in hundreds of white deaths However the wars resulted in the destruction of several entire Indian tribes and the near extinction of Indian spirit throughout America The tale is a sad one one that Americans should not be proud of After every broken treaty the Americans blamed the Indians for existing despite the want of the Indians to simply live on their lands peacefully The Trail of Tears was a great tragedy and many thought it would be the last now that all of the Indians were out of the eastern United States But the US government became land hungry and due to their idealism of Manifest Destiny the Trail of Tears was only a starting point on the path to the destruction of the Indians of the West By 1850 gold had been discovered in California and white settlers were heading West to strike it rich and lay claim to the entire continent Utley and Washburn page 163 New violence erupted as the
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