George Clymer Chapter, NSDAR
The Sullivan Expedition was led by General John Sullivan against the Iroquois in 1779. This marker is in Athens, Pennsylvania.

Nice Day for a Genocide: Shocking Quotes on Indians By U.S. Leaders, Pt 1

ICTMN Staff
7/10/13

These quotes about Indians from American leaders span from the 1750s to 1817.

Stay tuned next week for Part 2.

Benjamin Franklin, from his autobiography, 1750s

“If it be the design of Providence to extirpate these Savages in order to make room for cultivators of the Earth, it seems not improbable that rum may be the appointed means.”

Benjamin Franklin (Joseph-Siffrein Duplessis (1725–1802)/Wikipedia)

Orders of George Washington to General John Sullivan, May 31, 1779

“The immediate objectives are the total destruction and devastation of their settlements and the capture of as many prisoners of every age and sex as possible. It will be essential to ruin their crops in the ground and prevent their planting more.”

George Washington (Thinkstock)

Governor William Henry Harrison, of the Indiana Territory (1800-1812) while defending displacement of the Indians

“Is one of the fairest portions of the globe to remain in a state of nature, the haunt of a few wretched savages, when it seems destined by the Creator to give support to a large population and to be the seat of civilization?”

William Henry Harrison daguerreotype. (Wikipedia)

John Quincy Adams, 1802, when rationalizing territorial imperatives as God’s will

“What is the right of the huntsman to the forest of a thousand miles over which he has accidentally ranged in quest of prey? Shall the fields and vallies, which a beneficent God has formed to teem with the life of innumerable multitudes, be condemned to everlasting barrenness?”

John Quincy Adams (Library of Congress)

President Thomas Jefferson, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, December 29, 1813

“This unfortunate race, whom we had been taking so much pains to save and to civilize, have by their unexpected desertion and ferocious barbarities justified extermination and now await our decision on their fate.”

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale in 1800. (Wikipedia)

James Monroe, in a letter to Andrew Jackson, October 5, 1817

“The hunter or savage state requires a greater extent of territory to sustain it, than is compatible with the progress and just claims of civilized life, and must yield to it. Nothing is more certain, than, if the Indian tribes do not abandon that state, and become civilized, that they will decline, and become extinct. The hunter state, tho maintain’d by warlike spirits, presents but a feeble resistance to the more dense, compact, and powerful population of civilized man.”

Portrait of James Monroe, 1819. (Wikipedia)

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One must not forget Andrew Jackson and his betrayal of the Cherokees, a most Civilized Tribe. The Cherokees were so well established, civilized, and making progress that the people of Georgia were jealous of all they owned.

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I wonder why this information is never taught in schools...oh wait I do. Because it's still happening here & globally.

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This is why these people are not, and will never be my 'founding fathers'. Good thing is they failed. We are still here!

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These "Quotes" will not be taught in US History Classes in K-12 levels; as they demonstrate that these Men were held in "High Esteem" the hypocrites that they are and were........................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................... The US Constitution & Bill of Rights were "Plagiarized" from the Iroquois & Cherokee Confederacies - in fact,John Law used those Models for The Constitutions of The Carolina because they embraced the Wisdom of Freedom of Conscience,Freedom of Movement,Freedom of Trade & Commerce between the Sovereign Nations and Tribes that the European Mind did not develop in their own histories to the extent of Aboriginal peoples in The Americas....................................................................................... ................................................................................................................... These "Politic" are held in "High Esteem" in contemporary US History,however if these "Quotes" are used by Modern Day Politic; they would be deemed "Raciest - Chicken Hawks"................................................ .................................................................................................................... These "Politic" are submitted for being "learned & civilized";yet they mimicked the "Red Way in Terms & Logic and Ways".......................................... ..................................................................................................................... The "New American Society" brought their "drama" to these shores; and then accused the "Red Way" of manifesting these "Society Troubles" as the cause for their own self created difficulties......................................................... ...................................................................................................................... That is why it is always best to honor the idea & principals; and not the People who utter the words as their own............................................................... ...................................................................................................................... In Today's Society for those who are not "Sheepeople", these Men would be deemed "Hypocrites,Liars,& Thieves" that are "Chicken Hawks" in coveting things that are not theirs - Nothing more then a Simpleton Politician... ...................................................................................................................... If I was any of them in a "Past Life",I would be ashamed of myself as being a "Hypocrite" among mankind...................................................................... ......................................................................................................................

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As Indigenous peoples, we need to start thinking critically and not be too eager to wave the flag in our ceremonies. We have our Eagle staff and that is our flag. As Thomas Jefferson noted " This unfortunate race, who we had been taking so much pains to save and to civilize, have by their unexpected desertion and ferocious barbarities justified extermination and now await our decision on their fate." We are still strong and we are still here! It is time to begin to decolonize our thinking and to band together as Indigenous peoples of this magnificent Turtle Island instead of fighting each other. Peace!

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These "Great" men are self-identified for all time by their words as ungrateful degenerates when Indians fed the starving colonists and showed them how to plant. Our "uncivilized" ancestors developed cultures here that stressed the importance of taking care of the land and water for centuries, while theirs have destroyed and polluted Mother Earth irreparably, in a very short time. 300+ Narragansett men, women, and children were incinerated by 1,000 colonial militia in the Great Swamp Massacre of 1675. Teddy Roosevelt praised those volunteer militia who killed 200 Indian men, women, and children, and mutilated their bodies, at Sand Creek, in 1864. In 1851 California Governor Peter Burnett declared, "A war of extermination will continue to be waged . . . until the Indian race becomes extinct."

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Very good article, although I think it only inflames the wounds from the past.. this history should be told in school.... politicians are all liars, I dont think it matters what race or creed they come from because that is how they got into office in the first place. .... Nothing has changed , you dont have to go back very far to find evil folks in the white house... George Bush and his vp Dick Cheany for instance..or Bill Clinton... I wonder what quotes could be found from that time period made by the popes and religious leaders that gave these presidents the feeling that they were doing gods work...

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This does not surprise me ...am so glad this was found out..tired of the lies..apologies need to be made! On my FB page I have written about the need for acknowledgement about the genocide that took place here on US soil...Stop blaming the disease that obviously did not kill off the smaler white population ...hmmm why not there was less whites than indians? Yet that is what they teach our kids in school...

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And yet, the French and yankee and others along the lower MIssissippi, making their living by trading for buffalo hides in the 1700s, depended upon the plains peoples. To the North, original French Voyageurs also depended upon them, used their marvelous light canoe technology, strong Cree tumplines for portaging heavy gear, tries to learn, and inter bred, from which the people called Metis came. The earliest Hudson's Bay Company traders and their like, slipped alcohol into the mix back in the 16s. (There is a book I remember about a Cree village North of Kenora, titled "A Poison Stronger Than Love." It dealt a little about the social destruction done there in the 20th c.) Remember the Lenni Lenape, who first saw the canvas ships going up the Chesapeake Bay, who spoke of their hopes ( in their bark book.) that these mysterious new comers would be friendly? The earliest Spaniard "Conquistadores" (self-explanatory!) in quest of something, were extremely violent visitors. A few years after their trek across the Southeast US, they were followed by others who noted the disappearance of the original tribes - certainly due to the diseases of cattle domesticators from their original continent. Andy Jackson was one of the "good is dead" guys, which led up to Teddy Roosevelt saying essentially the same. Andy was such a betrayer that the $20 bill still pisses me off. (I do not know for sure what the original feelings and practices of the many nations of two-leggeds were before the influx, but I can tell you that a couple generations before the Oceti Sakowin - the Dakota/Lakota/Nakota peoples - referred to the white nation as "Wasichu" - the takers of the fat - they called the original Yankee visitor as "Mni Waska": the good water people. They did NOT mean alcohol by this term, but something else, which had a meaning and expectation of honor and sharing.) The extremely heavy indigenous migrations touched off by the weird diseases, began in the 15s, then, and the heavy immigration, solicited especially after 1800 (although the early 16s brought the urban refugees, who were used as allies by some peoples in the Massachusetts area to gain advantage, were not at all loyal allies, but have a load of racism and greed unmentioned by histories beginning with the USA) due to the Europowers "trading" each other the sacred, life-giving Earth, and wanting to control it totally. My note's getting long & broad, so I'll go to the reason why "trading" is in quotes: I think many people know that trading in this land was known to be a mutual exchange of gifts, as is done by relatives, and produced warm loving feelings in the heart among people. However, the European/ lower Asian idea of trading was, and remains, to get the mostest advantage for yourself, to gain and exploit as much as possible without yourself getting scalped. That still prevails, Brothers and Sisters, and I hope you all will remember strongly the sharing of your ancestors, and of all that live, above all things.

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Let us never forget these quotes as well…”The United States has unequivocally agreed…that discovery gave an exclusive right to extinguish the Indian title of occupancy.” U.S. Supreme Court Johnson & Graham’s Lessee v. McIntosh. ____________ “Damn any man who sympathizes with Indians. I have come to kill Indians and believe it is right and honorable to use any means under God’s Heaven to kill them.” Colonel John Milton Chivington U.S. Army __________ “It is my purpose to utterly exterminate the Sioux. They are to be treated as maniacs or wild beasts and by no means as people with whom treaties or compromise can be made.” General John Pope U.S. Army __________ “The civilization of the Indians is impossible while the buffalo remain upon the plains.” Columbus Delano U.S. Secretary of the Interior __________ “[The Indian] must be imbued with the exalting egotism of American civilization so that he will say ‘I’ instead of ‘We’, and ‘This is mine’ instead of ‘This is ours.’” John Oberly U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs__________ In this last quote lies the problem. Out of all the devastation that has been perpetrated against Tribal people of this land the tactic of division in my opinion has been the most devastating. Nokomis you are spot on when you said…” We are still strong and we are still here! It is time to begin to decolonize our thinking and to band together as Indigenous peoples of this magnificent Turtle Island instead of fighting each other.” This is what the white man fears the most…UNITY! My God people, cannot you see that if we band together as ONE Tribal Nation there is absolutely nothing we could not accomplish…NOTHING! Look at the March on Washington by Dr. King. The government was scared to death. Why? Because tens of thousands of people of color were united! Even the white mans bible gives an example of how powerful unity can be. The Tower of Babel “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.—Genesis 11:4–8. What is it going to take for Tribal people to come together? What is it going to take for us to unite and understand that we are not the problem the white man is! What infuriates me the most is that we sit as a nation and do nothing while the whites laugh and know that as long as we are divided they continue to win. We MUST, it is imperative that we come together as one! Just as a reminder… The Battle of the Greasy Grass AKA…“The Little Big Horn” was won by Tribes that were UNITED! Steve Fire Heart

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I would urge us all to get together to change education to include the truth in Native history. Even if we were successful it would take quite awhile for the changes to become evident, but our own future generations might encounter more empathy when protesting controversies like NDN mascots and racial slurs used as NFL team names. _________________________________________________________ I believe "moving forward" would be somewhat easier if more people were aware of the suffering and injustice in our past. I also believe that in order to "move forward" our past has to be acknowledged, and THAT will be a battle. The current political atmosphere amongst Conservatives has them embracing Reagan (who funded right-wing death squads in El Salvador) and Lincoln (and we all know what kind of humanitarian HE was); I think their heads would explode if anyone even suggested that their "founding fathers" were hypocrite assholes.
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