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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-20-09 11:48 PM
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Want something new to complain about re: Obama? He used lincoln's bible, a snub to American Indians?
Text of Order to General Sibley, St. Paul Minnesota:

"Ordered that of the Indians and Half-breeds sentenced to be hanged by the military commission, composed of Colonel Crooks, Lt. Colonel Marshall, Captain Grant, Captain Bailey, and Lieutenant Olin, and lately sitting in Minnesota, you cause to be executed on Friday the nineteenth day of December, instant, the following names, to wit ...
The other condemned prisoners you will hold subject to further orders, taking care that they neither escape, nor are subjected to any unlawful violence.
Abraham Lincoln,
President of the United States"

Lincoln's approval of the largest mass execution in American history. Image from The Dakota Conflict Trials of 1862.

http://campus.lakeforest.edu/~ebner/mackiag/lincoln.htm...

Similar atrocities occurred all through the Lincoln Administration. In 1862, the Santee Sioux of Minnesota grew tired of waiting for the 1.4 million dollars they had been promised for the sale of 24 million acres of land to the federal government in 1851. Appeals to President Lincoln fell on deaf ears. What made this even more egregious to the Sioux was the invasion of this yet unpaid for land by thousands of white settlers. Then, with a very poor crop in august of 1862, many of the Indians were hungry and facing starvation with the upcoming winter.

When Lincoln outright refused to pay the owed money, remember he had a war to finance the Indians revolted. Lincoln assigned General John Pope to quell the uprising and he announced at the beginning of his campaign: "It is my purpose to utterly exterminate the Sioux. They are to be treated as maniacs or wild beasts, and by no means as people with whom treaties or compromise can be made." Lincoln certainly did not challenge this statement.

http://www.unitednativeamerica.com/issues/lincoln.html


Just predicting the future of talk radio this week and rw sites. You heard it here first. Of course they won't seem to point out that it was a republican who did the above...
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:09 AM
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1. Republicans don't give a shit about history
Unless it involves a Democrat inserting part of his body into another person's body over a decade ago.
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Hanse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:12 AM
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2. I hear neurotic Asian men have taken to streets to protest Obama.
With the chant "hell no, we won't mellow."
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Thothmes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:37 AM
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3. After the uprising was quelled
about a thousand Santee were held by the Army. The origianl plan was to execute them all. Lincoln said no and insisted that only the principals face execution. That number was 38 Santee Lakota. The Santee were expelled from Minnesota to the Dakota territory. OBTW, the estimated number of whites killed range from 300 to 800.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:27 AM
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4. I do think Obama could have had a Native elder as part of the inauguration
I mean, it would have been meaningful.

From what I saw -- and I was not able to see much due to work -- there were people of all colors and faiths playing prominent roles in the ceremony, except... not one American Indian.

What's up with that?
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sagetea Donating Member (471 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:07 AM
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7. Well they were there
They actually had an all nations pow-wow in DC Jan 19, also had their own "ball".
but I do agree it would have been very meaningful.
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ellie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:45 AM
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5. I hope I live long enough
to see a Native American become president.
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:01 AM
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6. Maybe 2016
:)
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