Injun Policy Quotes

Thus Saith the wise Was’i Chu:

The immediate objectives are the total destruction and devastation of their settlements. It will be essential to ruin their crops in the ground and prevent their planting more.

President George Washington

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

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.

President Thomas Jefferson

What is the right of the huntsman to the forest of a thousand miles over which he has accidentally ranged in quest of prey?

President John Quincy Adams

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.

President James Monroe

They have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement which are essential to any favorable change in their condition. Established in the midst of another and a superior race, and without appreciating the causes of their inferiority or seeking to control them, they must necessarily yield to the force of circumstances and ere long disappear.

President Andrew Jackson

The tribes of Indians inhabiting this country were savages, whose occupation was war, and whose subsistence was drawn from the forest. … That law which regulates, and ought to regulate in general, the relations between the conqueror and the conquered was incapable of application to a people under such circumstances. Discovery [of America by Europeans] gave an exclusive right to extinguish the Indian title of occupancy, either by purchase or by conquest.”

Chief Justice John Marshall

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?

President William Henry Harrison

The settler and pioneer have at bottom had justice on their side; this great continent could not have been kept as nothing but a game preserve for squalid savages.

President Theodore Roosevelt

The only good Indians I ever saw were dead.

General Philip Sheridan

Above I duplicate Jared Diamond’s gathering of such quotes, some of them already cited at See The Third Chimpanzee, p. 308-09.
Now, apropos, I repeat a staple:

Indispensable to kleptocracy is the control of the labeling process. Those who control the legislature, the schools, the teachers, the press … can then supervise the selling of frozen food as “fresh,” grease from a lab as “butter” … stifling dissent as “free speech” … brutality as “order” …
Columbus sought India by sea. Continents and cultures unknown to him got in his way. And so we still mislabel the Cheyenne, the Lakota, the Seneca … “Indians.”
Had Columbus actually sailed to India, what would the invaders have called the real Indians? Oh: I know: wogs! Once Spanish became British at least.

2005 08 28 Don’t forget: Hitler studied American Indian policy for inspiration with his Dachau, his Buchenwald … In fact there are ways in which Hitler’s genocides were nicer: his Nazis sometimes promised a shower when they meant a gas chamber: what did we promise the Cheyenne for the Trail of Tears?

2008 03 26 Meantime, the natives themselves had a few things to say:

The brave should be prepared to meet death.

Rda-in-yan-ka, of the Santee Sioux

Now that I’m back out of jail I’ll be the more anxious to add such quotes. (I met all sorts of natives in Jail — Cherokee, Caribs … — all interesting; not all a pleasure to know. (Stories follow, when I can get to them.)

2010 07 10 Finally the concluding novel of Piers Anthony’s Geodyssey series has been published: Climate of Change. He includes several pacification of the Australian aborigines stories. See for yourself, read the whole set.

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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