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Nelson A. Miles

Our relations with the Indians have been governed chiefly by treaties and trade, or war and subjugation.

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The more we study the Indian's character the more we appreciate the marked distinction between the civilized being and the real savage.

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It is unfair to suppose that one party has invariably acted rightly, and that the other is responsible for every wrong that has been committed.

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Whether or not our system of Indian management has been a success during the past ten, fifty, or hundred years is almost answered in the asking.

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For a time during the early settlement of this country peace and goodwill prevailed, only to be followed later by violent and relentless warfare.

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If we dismiss from our minds the prejudice we may have against the Indians we shall be able to more clearly understand the impulses that govern both races.

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The intrusions of the white race and the non- compliance with treaty obligations have been followed by atrocities that could alone satisfy a savage and revengeful spirit.

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These are hallowed moments, when every American has reason to express his gratitude to Almighty God that it has been our good fortune to witness the light of this auspicious morn.

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One hundred years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, the Spanish government issued a decree authorizing the enslavement of the American Indian as in accord with the law of God and man.

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The Indians, however, could not migrate from one part of the United States to another; neither could they obtain employment as readily as white people, either upon or beyond the Indian reservations.

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