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By Kevin Hillstrom

Providing a close evaluate of the 1890 bloodbath of greater than 250 local American males, girls, and youngsters via the us Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota, this account analyzes the stipulations that resulted in this awful occasion and its impression at the country’s political, cultural, and social landscape—then and now. The examine provided here's prepared in 3 detailed sections: narrative evaluate; biographies, consisting of historical past info on relevant figures eager about the bloodbath; and first resources. This specific and complete quantity additionally incorporates a thesaurus of significant humans, locations, and phrases, in addition to a chronology of occasions, an issue index, and an annotated checklist of assets for additional study.

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Hundreds of years. “Generation after empire building. generation of Native American families came to know only the sorrows and terrors of exile,” wrote historian Peter Nabokov. “All their worldly goods on their backs, the Indian refugees suffered harassment from unfriendly whites along the way. Starvation and disease were their constant companions as they walked along unfamiliar roads to country they had never seen. S. Indian removal policies. Cherokee culture had thrived in the southeast for thousands of years prior to European contact.

When Indians signed these land deeds—essentially statements of ownership of land—over to British colonists in exchange for blankets, tools, jewelry, and other trade goods, they viewed the transaction as one that guaranteed all parties, white and Indian, the right to hunt, fish, and raise crops on the land in question. And some land transfers were worded so that Indians had the continued right to hunt, travel, or live on the land. ” Since wild game and other natural resources on these lands were viewed by the English as important economic assets, they frequently refused to give such permission.

Ross responded to these developments with a mixture of outrage and mourning, but the federal government ignored his entreaties (see “Cherokee Chief John Ross Denounces Indian Removal Policies,” p. 166). On May 26, 1838, federal troops moved to enforce the Treaty of New Echota. They evicted thousands of Cherokee from their homes and forced them to travel a thousand miles to official reservation land in eastern Oklahoma. An estimated 4,000 tribal members died on the journey from disease and starvation.

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