reaches — no officer who has served on the Plains
believes that any full-blooded Indian can be civilised.
A Red man cannot understand a White man's law.
Take the last decision of Chief Justice Waite
and his learned brethren of the Supreme Court, and ask how either a Creek or Cherokee
, not to say an Osage or a Kickapoo, is to comprehend such law?
Years ago the Indians, as the weaker party, became subject to a general law of removal by the State
from one point to another.
If their hunting grounds were wanted by White
farmers, they were forced to move; but their right and property in the soil were not denied, and something like a fair exchange of lands was always offered to them.
On quitting Georgia
, the Cherokees obtained a better country on the Verdigris
In place of their old home, the Creeks
and Choctaws got hunting-grounds along the Arkansas
got the Alleghany
; the Oneidas, Green Bay
received lands on the Missouri
, the Crows on Yellowstone, the Shoshones on the Snake
No tribe was ever driven from home, except on promise of a finer campingground elsewhere.
and Ogle, therefore,