White Man's Words

The following are words by non-Indian people about us Indian People.

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian."

Henry Ford (1863-1947) American Industrialist

"History is a lie agreed upon."


"Now the Indians.  I will call them Indians because that’s what they are.  First of all, it's important to know that the word Indian does not derive from Columbus mistakenly believing he had reached 'India'.  India was not even called by that name in 1492, it was known as Hindustan.  

'More likely the word Indian comes from Columbus’s description of the people he found here.  He was Italian, and did not speak or write very good Spanish, so in his written account he called the Indians 'Una gente in Dios'.  A people in God.  In God.  Indians.  It's a perfectly noble and respectable word. 'As far as calling them 'Americans' is concerned, do I even have to point out what an insult this is?  We steal their hemisphere, kill twenty or so millions of them destroy five hundred separate cultures, herd the survivors onto the worst land we can find, and now we want to name them after ourselves?  It's appalling.  Haven't we done enough damage?  Do we have to further degrade them by tagging them with the repulsive name of their conquerors?

'You know, you think it would be a fairly simple thing to come over to this continent, commit genocide, eliminate the forests, dam up the rivers, build our malls and massage parlors, sell our blenders and whoopee cushions, poison ourselves with chemicals, and let it go at that.  But no.  We want to compound the insult.

'I'm glad the Indians have gambling casino's now.  It makes me happy that dimwitted white people are losing their rent money to the Indian's.  Maybe Indian's will get lucky and win their country back.  Probably wouldn't want it.  Look at what we did to it."

George Carlin on Indians

"The woman and children huddled together, and most of our fire was concentrated on them....no wounded fell into our hands and we scalped everyone.  In going over the battlefield the next day I did not see a body of [an Indian] man, woman, or child but was scalped, and in many instances the bodies were mutilated in the most horrible manner, they were scalped, and private parts were cut out.  Many men were displaying women and girls private parts on sticks....over saddle brows, and on their hats while riding in the ranks....and the breasts were cut off and the soldiers were playing ball with them." Lieutenant James D. Connor the New Mexico Volunteers 16 July 1876

(Explaining before the United States Senate the policy of "Extermination of The Indian" and the speedier the better its accomplishment)

The Trail of Tears:  Cherokee Indians

"The 'rights of man', one would think, are anything and everything which anybody and everybody pleases to make them, if we yield to the opinions of those who maintain that any state in this Union has a right to seize the property and exile or banish the owner, because he is red, or yellow, or some other unfashionable color.  But that is not the question--it is this: Have treaties any sanction, any validity, any faith?  Have the parties to any covenant or compact any right?  Or is the right of the strong always to plunder the property and insult the person of the weak.  Has one man, because he is rich and has many friends, the right to seize the farm of his poor neighbor and give him a tract in the moon or in ‘No Man’s Island for it, just as he pleases?  All this, and even more than this, is assumed by Georgia in reference to the Cherokee Indians, as I understand her wishes respecting this most important community of the aborigines, to whom God gave this continent, I am glad that the eyes of Christendom and of the world, are now upon the representatives of this nation of republics--this government of principles and laws; for if none but the eyes of God were upon some of them, I think they would send these poor defenseless Indians beyond the Rocky Mountains, if it would not cost too much.

'On the question whether the Cherokee, in part civilized, and some say, in part a Christianized tribe of Indians, now residing within the territory of Georgia, are under its jurisdiction, ipso facto, in despite of all treaty, Mr. Garrison, junior editor of the Genius of Universal Emancipation, makes the following very pertinent and forcible remarks:

'Question of natural justice is above the spirit of party; their discussion, therefore, is within the province, and becomes the duty, of every editor.  In the selections of candidates men may honestly differ, without impeaching their integrity or discernment; but the principles of equity are too broad and palpable to be misapprehended, or to render division excusable.

'The question of INDIAN RIGHTS should unite the hearts and voices of the American people, from Maine to the Rocky Mountains.  It is simple, significant, and weighty.  It is not whether the Indians would gain or lose by emigration--whether their removal would better secure the safety of Georgia or Alabama--whether they have cultivated ten or ten thousand acres of their lands--whether they have been reclaimed from their former savage habits, and are now a civilized and Christian people; but it is simply, Whether the faith of the United States is not only solemnly plighted to protect them, forever, from invasion, violence, and fraud?  Expediency and policy are convertible terms, full of dishonesty and oppression.  Justice is eternal, and its demands cannot safely be evaded.

'It is not a fact that the Cherokee are within the jurisdiction of Georgia, or of any other state.  They are as distinct as any other member of the Union, and as national and independent as Great Britain itself.  A hundred and fifty treaties can be produced to sustain their pretentions.  The laws of Georgia can no more be justly imposed on them, than upon individuals residing in Massachusetts or Maine, or in the Persian Empire.  They have never submitted themselves to the government of the whites--they probably never will submit--and no power, we trust, will compel them to submit.  They do not infringe on state or national rights.  Their location interferes with nothing but the avarice of Georgia, and a better one, for themselves and the country, cannot be found this side of the Pacific.  In fine, their forcible removal would brand this country with eternal infamy, and expose it to the accumulated vengeance of heaven. 'I humbly trust there is yet so much justice, so much pure republicanism, so much regard to truth and national faith, in the bosoms of the American people and of their representatives in congress, as will not permit them to give up an innocent and harmless nation to the cupidity of a few capitalists in Georgia or anywhere else."

Alexander Campbell, Editor the Millennial Harbinger Volume 1, Number 1, January 1830

(1710-1780) OSTENACO War Chief

"Led a band of Cherokee Warriors to the assistance of George Washington after the disastrous defeat of General Braddock.  Always ready to support his diplomatic arguments by force of arms."

"So tractable, so peaceful are these people, I swear to your Majesties there is no better Nation on earth.  They love their neighbors as themselves, and their discourse is ever sweet and gentle, and accompanied with a smile, and though it is true they are naked, yet their manners are decorous and praiseworthy.... The People....are trusting and docile, just the right qualities to make excellent Slaves.  In the name of the Blessed Trinity, we can send all the slaves that can be sold."

Excerpt from a letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella from Cristoforo Columbo

"Our conduct toward these people is deeply interesting to our national character.  Their present condition contrasted with what they once were, makes a most powerful appeal to our sympathies.  Our ancestors found them the uncontrolled possessors of these vast regions.  By persuasion and force they have been made to retire from river to river and mountain to mountain, until some of the tribes have become extinct and others have left but remnants to preserve for a while their once terrible names.  Surrounded by the whites with their arts of civilization, which by destroying the resources of the savage doom him to weakness and decay, the fate of the Mohegan, the Narragansett, and the Delaware is fast overtaking the Choctaw, the Cherokee, and the Creek.  That this fate surely awaits them if they remain within the limits of the states does not admit of a doubt.  Humility and national honor demand that every effort should be made to avert so great a calamity."

President Andrew Jackson First Annual Message to Congress on Indian Removal, 8 December 1829