Treatment of American Indians
While this treaty did not force the Indians to move off their land, it allowed the president to negotiate with the Indians and make them relocate. In September of eighteen thirty the first Native American tribe to voluntarily sign the removal treaty was the Choctaws. Although the government kept there promise Of relocating the Indians to a different section of land, they often abused their right. When relocating, the government would choose lands that were not suitable for the Indians needs like hunting, fishing and growing crops.
The government knew hat they were doing and they succeeded in their plan. When the Indians could not grow their crops or hunt for their food they started losing money and living in poverty. In order for them to pay for their needs they had to sell their land back to the government which put them in control again just like they wanted. The Indians were manipulated into trusting the ones who should not be trusted. Along with the manipulation of the Indians the government pushed to kill off as many Indians as they could.In the summer of eighteen thirty eight the Cherokee Indians were taken onto boats and revealed the Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi and Arkansas rivers into the Indian territory. An estimated four thousand died from disease and starvation on the way and many were held in prison camps awaiting their fate.
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Their journey has became known as the “Trail of Tears”. (A Brief History) However, land is not the only thing that was being taken from the Indians, they were also loosing their children. The Americans would send people to the Indian reservations and demand that the Indian mothers sign a paper.Until they signed the papers they often did not know what was going to append because they could not read or understand. When they noticed the children being taken away, then they realized what they had done. Parent would fight but they lost every time. Taking the chi lilied gave the Americans an advantage because they were minimizing the number of Indian tribe.
The children were taken and put into schools at a young age so they would grow up knowing nothing about their own background but only what the whites wanted them to know. The children were aloud to visit there families every few months but not for long periods Of time.When the children would come back to their families they would act completely different from when they had left. The parents then knew what had really been going on while they had been gone. The children were being brainwashed. Since they were making all children act the way they wanted, this put the government in complete control. Even though the whites had taken valuable possessions from the Indians, they portrayed to the rest of society that they lived wonderful lives.
By setting up reenactments they would put on dark body paint, and what they thought loud be a normal Indian outfit.People of real Indian decent were upset at this interpretation of their lives because it was all very wrong. As people went to visit these sites they would get an overview of what they are supposed to think Indian life was really about. Instead they are getting a cover up so the whites did not look like the bad guys and it made Indian life look something like a fairytale. Again the government wins and the Indians loose. In conclusion American Indians were treated poorly by the white people that they had come in contact with.