How has America shown the Native American historically?
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How has America shown the Native American historically?
Showing how Native Americans have been portrayed historically.
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The Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1876

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An eyewitness account of Custer's last stand.

 

It certain does paint the Native Americans in a very negative light. It talks about of how they completely overthrew Custer and his forces, killing nearly all of them. And then to add salt on the wound, the Native Americans would scalp the fallen soldiers as grotesque trophies symbolizing their victory. 

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Massacre At Wounded Knee, 1890

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Eye witness of the last major battle of the Indian Wars.

 

Sioux Chief Big Foot attempts to protect his tribe of against the invading U.S. troops. From his perpective this a man giving up his life to save his people from an invading force, but historically this could have been represented as a just a bunch of "Indians" resisting the advancement of America. 

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FROM THE PACIFIC. - ARRIVAL OF THE OVERLAND EXPRESS, A Fearful Indian Massacre--The Savages Threaten to Drive the Whites from the Washoe Region--General News--Commercial and Marine Intelligence. - ...

The Pony Express, with the dispatches and mail missing from the Pony Express which arrived Tuesday evening last, arrived here at 2:20 P.M. today. No explanation is given as to the cause of its detention.
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Inaugural Address of James Polk

He states at one point in his address that the Native Americans must be extingushed, in order for America to control the West. I think that this is terrible because he basically saying he wants America to completely destroy these people's homes so that America can expand into further territory. 

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