History Repeats Itself for Native Americans

Poster offering “Indian land” for sale. Photo credit: National Museum of the American Indian / YouTube

While many Americans are outraged by the treatment of protesters fighting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, those who have studied the history of Native Americans are hardly shocked. After all, there may not be a US policy as consistent as the mistreatment of the tribes who occupied the North American continent before the Europeans took over.

That policy can be summed up in five words: “Get out of the way!” When the white man wanted something, he would make sure that he got it — no matter the cost. In the end, it was always the indigenous people who paid the price.

Therefore, the acts of brutality perpetrated against the protesters should be viewed in a historical context. The shameful treatment they are experiencing right now is entirely consistent with what happened to the “savages” when they stood in the way of a white man trying to make a buck.

The following video shows that the attacks on the protesters is just the latest chapter in a string of injustices reaching back to the early days of the United States and beyond.


Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Native Americans (National Museum of the American Indian / YouTube)

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  • FiuToYou

    Whoever stands up against the ‘Standing Rock Water Protectors’, these are the people who should be thrown in jail. The sheriff of that county and his band of robot sadists should be in prison and Obama right along with them for doing nothing to help the true people of the land!!!

  • KimberlyIswornout

    The pipeline is not on reservation land.

    • Jon

      Kimberly, I don’t think that’s the main issue to the people that are protesting the pipeline. If there is a burial ground where the pipeline may go, to many people burial grounds are sacred. Also, that pipeline will be crossing the Missouri. Like the video said, the US government used a lot of shady techniques to take native land. Do some research on Custer’s Black Hills Expedition.

    • Blackrobe

      All of the USA is on Indian land, America is built on the slaughter of indigenous people.

  • Cal

    So, Blackrobe…..where do you live? Did you happen to find that one slice of land on the North American continent where the indigenous peoples never wandered? You hypocrite! You think Canada treated the Indians any better? It may not have been wholesale slaughter, but there is blood, blame and shame on both sides of the border.

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