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Unit 5 End of the Indians in the Great Plains 1868-1900. History of the West. Force vs. Peace. Background Jeffersonian Indians should be removed to distance them from worst of American fur traders Cheated them or traded them whiskey Jacksonian

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unit 5 end of the indians in the great plains 1868 1900
Unit 5

End of the Indians in the Great Plains


History of the West

force vs peace
Force vs. Peace
  • Background
    • Jeffersonian
      • Indians should be removed to distance them from worst of American fur traders
        • Cheated them or traded them whiskey
    • Jacksonian
      • Indians were inferior and should be removed to make way for American expansion
        • Condescending perspective, much like that of slave owners toward their slaves
indian sovereignty
Indian Sovereignty
  • Early Years Europeans had to recognize Indian sovereignty because they could overwhelm colonials
    • Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia
      • Domestic, dependent nations
        • By 1871 congressional legislation sought to eliminate all Indian sovereignty
  • Transfer issues
    • political battle over whether Indian policy should be held by the Department of War or Department of Interior
peace policy
Peace Policy
  • Some Easterners who saw what was happening on the plains as genocide
    • Wanted Indian policy in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
  • Senator James Doolittle
    • Wisconsin Senator Chair of the Indians Affairs Committee
      • Pushed a bill through Congress to setup an ad hoc committee of 3 senators and 4 house members
      • Convinced President Johnson to give committee a commission to negotiate treaties
        • A few Indian nations signed, but most were too angry and not yet pacified
wars of peace policy
Wars of peace policy
  • For over a decade policy vacillated between peace and force
    • Peace advocates tried to implement Concentration
      • Negotiated by Doolittle’s committee
      • Whenever Indians left reservations force policy kicked into action
red cloud s war
Red Cloud’s War
  • June 1866 a peace commission under Doolittle met with Dakota and allied leaders
    • The Bozeman road had been laid out to connect the mine fields of Montana with the Oregon Trail
      • Cut through some of the best remaining hunting grounds for Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho
      • While negotiating, Indians see Colonel Henry Carrington come through with construction equipment and men setup three forts to protect travelers
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Red Cloud’s War(Con’t)
  • Indians stormed out and lay siege to the forts
    • Brought construction to a near halt
  • Fetterman’s Massacre (Battle of a hundred Slain)
    • Indians win
      • In late 1868, Army vacated the forts, and the Indians burned them to the ground
    • The military blamed it on the BIA’s failure to stop the arms trade
      • BIA blamed it on military blunders
  • Indians then come back to negotiate
taylor peace commission
Taylor Peace Commission
  • Doolittle lost his Senate seat in the 1866 term elections
    • Replaced by Senator John Henderson of Missouri as Chair of the Indian Affairs Committee
      • Tried to appease all by selecting equal number of “force” and “peace advocates
  • “Peace”
    • Henderson, Nathaniel Taylor, Samuel Tappan
  • “Force”
    • General William S. Harney, Alfred Terry, William T. Sherman
new reservation treaties
New Reservation treaties
  • Peace Commission renegotiates treaties
    • Treaty of Medicine Lodge Creek (1867)
    • Second Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868)
  • Similarities in treaties
    • Reservations with outlets
    • No unwelcome whites on reservations
    • Thirty years of annuities
    • Some in the South on “Reconstruction Treaties” lands
    • Promises of “assimilation” tools
division of great plains
Division of Great Plains
  • September 1867, the plains were divided into a northern division and southern division
    • General Philip Sheridan appointed to lead the Northern
      • Known as the division of the Missouri
    • His aggressive, Civil War, tactics played a big role in turning the tide
battle of the washita
Battle of the Washita
  • Black Kettle and his band were one of the few that moved to the place mandated
    • He couldn’t control the Dog Soldiers that moved into and out of his encampment
      • General Sherman called it all out war
    • November 27, 1868 George Armstrong Custer and his 7th U.S. Calvary attacked Black Kettle’s Southern Cheyenne camp on the Washita’s River
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Battle of the Washita (Con’t)
  • Hazen tried to contact Sherman at nearby Fort Cobb to tell him that Black Kettle’s band had surrenered
    • But it was too late
  • Custer led one column in another “zeroing operation”
    • He attacked first, killing 875 horses, and then 102 men
      • A few women and children
battle of beecher s island
Battle of Beecher’s Island
  • Angry over Sand Creek Massacre and opposed to Treaty of Medicine Lodge
    • Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho hit farms and travel routes killing 79
  • September 16, 1868 Major George A. Forsyth led 50 frontiersmen out of Fort Hays
    • Camped on Arikaree Fork in Colorado Territory
    • Dog Soldiers under Roman Nose pinned them down on an island in the middle of the river
      • Armed with Spencer repeating rifles, frontiersmen withstood many assaults
  • Not conclusive who won
  • Kiowa (Mother was Southern Arapaho)
    • Only reluctantly agreed to the treaty of Medicine Lodge Creek
    • Moved onto a reservation and ventured into the west to hunt buffalo
      • Their numbers were dwindling
    • When reservation agents punished withholding annuity food
      • They started raiding Wichita and Caddo villages
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Satanta (Con’t)
  • Satanta and his friend and fellow headman, Big Tree, led their men in raids into Texas
    • Especially supply wagon trains, seeing it as not part of the U.S. and thus outside the Treaty of Medicine Lodge Creek
  • He and his men also considered their raiding as pay-back for annuities not delivered
    • Taken prisoner in 1871, with promises of his release only when his people obeyed the government’s mandate
      • To return to their reservation
      • The Indians complied
big tree
Big Tree

Big Tree

red river war
Red River War
  • Isa-Tai, a Comanche shaman, united Indians the souther plains
    • Called for the first Comanche Sun Dance
      • Took little persuasion by Isa-Tai to convince Indian leaders they had to strike back
    • Southern Cheyenne, Southern Arapahos, Kiowas, Kiowa-Apache, and Comanche attacked the new settlement of buffalo hunters at Adobe Walls
      • An old Spanish mission
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Red River War (Con’t)
  • In the early-morning hours of June 27, 1874, 300 Indians moved in hoping to surprise the buffalo hunters and overpower them
    • led by Isa-Tai and famed Comanche headman Quanah Parker
  • Although the 28 hunters were vastly outnumbered, they were well armed with long range “buffalo rifles” and held off the Indians
    • 70 Indians killed without 3 buffalo hunter casualties
uprising of 1876
Uprising of 1876
  • Most Lakota and their allies, Northern Cheyenne, and Northern Arapaho moved onto the reserve after the Second Treaty of Fort Laramie
    • Gold discovered in the Black Hills in 1873
    • The government first tried to keep whites out of the Black Hills but gave up and tried to keep Indians out
      • Then the usual thirty days warning for all Indians to come into the agencies
battle of little bighorn
Battle of Little Bighorn
  • Sioux and Cheyenne defiantly left their reservations and gathered with Sitting Bull
  • Army sent three columns against them including Lt. Colonel George Custer
    • Those under Sioux leader Crazy Horse enveloped Custer’s men and killed them
      • Indians mutilated the bodies in order to force them to suffer in the afterlife
  • Battle was the pinnacle of Indians power
    • Created resentment toward Indians with American officials leading to the push to get retribution
reservation building
Reservation Building
  • Conditions
    • Reservations reduced in size
    • Most located in land not suitable for agriculture
      • Goal of BIA was to turn Indians into self-sustaining farmers
      • Few jobs or ways of making a living
        • Poverty and starvation rampant
      • Bad housing/many live in tipis with no buffalo skins to cover them
      • High death rate
      • Had to live under the dictates of a reservation’s Indian agent
        • Enforced White man’s laws
indian police
Indian Police
  • Selected from ranks of Indian men, usually soldier sodalities
    • Enforced White law among Indians
      • No practice of traditional religion
      • No plural marriages
      • No practice of traditional political structure/agents chose leadership
crow policeman
Crow Policeman

Ute Policeman

  • Lt. Richard Pratt
    • Worked with imprisoned Indian Soldiers in the 1870’s
    • Convinced the army to let him use old army barracks in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to setup a school
      • Sought to assimilate and teach young Indians
        • Major goal of the peace policy advocates
    • So successful initially that the government took over the school in 1882 and established many more off-reservation boarding schools thereafter
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Carlisle (Con’t)
  • Controversies
    • students were forced to attend and many of their parents tried to hide them
    • Students had to work half a day to support the school
      • In the “outing system” students were placed in the homes of nearby white residents
        • Virtually slaves
      • Many returned to their reservations
        • Former students didn’t fit in and had a hard time adjusting
carlisle arapaho before
Carlisle Arapaho Before

Carlisle Arapaho After

dawes severalty act
Dawes Severalty Act
  • Pushed through Congress by Henry Dawes in 1887
    • Goal was to turn Indians away from communal land tenure to private land ownership
    • Divided reservations into individual plots
      • usually 160 acres for men and 80 acres for women and children
    • Promised farm equipment and training
      • No taxation on Indian lands
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Dawes Severalty Act (Con’t)
  • After allotting reservation and assigning plots the remaining lands (Surplus lands) were opened to Whites to claim under homesteading laws
    • Bill was supported by Whites because they could buy “surplus lands”
    • Reformers thought assimilation was best for Indians and by the military
      • Money made through land sales was earmarked for the army
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Dawes Severalty Act (Con’t)
  • Problems
    • Promoters soon realized that without knowledge of individual land ownership Indians would get cheated by Whites in land sales
    • So included in the bill a 25 year trust restriction on the land
      • Could not sell the land until the trust ended
    • Little farming equipment or training in farming
      • No help in private land ownership was forthcoming
loss of allotted land
Loss of Allotted Land
  • Most allotment accomplished by 1900
    • Indians lost over 87 million acres of “surplus lands”
  • 1894 bill authorized the Secretary of Interior to grant easements across allotted lands for telephone and telegraphy lines
    • By 1902 the “Dead Indian Act” allowed adult heirs to sell their deceased relatives land
ghost dance
Ghost Dance
  • Started with Piute Indian Tavibo
    • In 1870 he had a vision telling him that deliverance was near
    • Whites would be destroyed in an earthquake
      • Indians would be spared and the world would be restored to the old order
  • Few initially believed so he had a second revelation
    • Same as first however Indians would be resurrected on the third day
  • Still few follow so he had a third vision
    • Only the Indians that believed in the Ghost Dance would be resurrected
wovoka jack wilson
Wovoka (Jack Wilson)
  • Took over his father’s work on the Ghost Dance
    • Saw himself as the next Christ after the first one had been killed
    • His version included frequent bathing, rejecting alcohol and no violence
      • Dancing for five consecutive days demonstrated ones’ worthiness
        • Gave Indians vision of a restored world once Whites were eliminated in cataclysm
massacre at wounded knee creek
Massacre at Wounded Knee Creek
  • Lakota had become divided
    • Some had assimilated
      • Role of Shaman had faded
      • Political leadership was changing
    • Continuing loss of land
      • Allotment Act - 2nd Treaty of Fort Laramie required 3/4 vote for the government to take anymore land
        • Government won the vote using scare tactics and bribery
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Massacre at Wounded Knee Creek (Con’t)
  • Lakota believed that the “Ghost Shirts” would protect them from bluecoats’ bullets
    • During the fall of 1890 the Ghost Dance spread through the Sioux villages of the Dakota Reservations
      • Revitalized the Indians and brought fear to the Whites
    • A desperate Indian Agent at Pine Ridge wired a message to Washington
      • “Indians are dancing in the snow and are wild and crazy... We need protection and we need it now.”
    • Order went out to arrest Sitting Bull at the Standing Rock Reservation
      • Sitting Bull was killed in the attempt on December 15 by Indian Police
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Massacre at Wounded Knee Creek (Con’t)
  • On December 15 Sitting Bull had been killed
    • The reason given for the shooting claimed that he had resisted arrest
  • Many fled to Spotted Elk’s band due to his reputation as a peaceful leader
    • Yet, after slaying of Sitting Bull Spotted Elk was put on the list of “fomenters of disturbances” and arrested
  • Lakota had sent representatives to learn Wovoka’s new religion
    • 7th Calvary commanded by Major Samuel Whiteside intercepted Spotted Elk’s band of Lakota and took them westward to Wounded Knee Creek to camp
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Massacre at Wounded Knee Creek (Con’t)
  • The rest of 7th Cavalry arrived and surrounded Spotted Elk’s encampment with four Hotchkiss guns
    • Morning of December 29 the troops went into the camp to disarm the Sioux
    • During the process a deaf tribesman named Black Coyote would not give up his gun
      • A scuffle ensued where a shot was fired
      • Led to the Cavalry opening fire with the their guns and killing all in their path
        • Women, children and fellow troopers
  • All in all, at least 150 men, women and children of Lakota had been killed
    • Only 25 American troops died, most to friendly fire
  • End of Indian dominance in the Great Plains