Friday, July 24, 2009

Relocation Program

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No harm during relocation.

Sometimes the cutest of critters become unwelcome. This little fella was just eating too many tomatoes so he was relocated to a nearby farm, with permission of course, where hopefully he will live a long and healthy life.


It reminds me of a dark period of our history.

The Trail of Tears
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Trail of Tears painting by Robert Lindneux in the Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma


Migration from the original Cherokee Nation began in the early 1800’s as Cherokees, wary of white encroachment, moved west and settled in other areas of the country. White resentment of the Cherokees had been building and reached a pinnacle after gold was discovered in Georgia, and immediately following the passage of the Cherokee Nation constitution, and establishment of a Cherokee Supreme Court. Possessed with ‘gold fever,’ and a thirst for expansion, the white communities turned on their Cherokee neighbors and the U.S. government decided it was time for the Cherokees to leave behind their farms, their land and their homes.

A group known as the Old Settlers had moved in 1817 to lands given them in Arkansas where again they established a government and a peaceful way of life. Later, they too, were forced into Indian Territory.

President Andrew Jackson, whose command and life was saved due to 500 Cherokee allies at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814, unbelievably authorized the Indian Removal Act of 1830. In following the recommendation of President James Monroe in his final address to Congress in 1825, Jackson sanctioned an attitude that had persisted for many years among many white immigrants. Even Thomas Jefferson, who often cited the Great Law of Peace of the Iroquois Confederacy as the model for the U.S. Constitution, supported Indian Removal as early as 1802.

The displacement of Native People was not wanting for eloquent opposition. Senators Daniel Webster and Henry Clay spoke out against removal. Reverend Samuel Worcester, missionary to the Cherokees, challenged Georgia’s attempt to extinguish Indian title to land in the state, winning the case before the Supreme Court.

Worcester vs. Georgia, 1832, and Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia, 1831, are considered the two most influential decisions in Indian law. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for Georgia in the 1831 case, but in Worcester vs. Georgia, the court affirmed Cherokee sovereignty. President Andrew Jackson defied the decision of the court and ordered the removal, an act of defiance that established the U.S. government’s precedent for the removal of many Native Americans from the ancestral homelands.

The U.S. government used the Treaty of New Echota in 1835 to justify the removal. The treaty, illegally signed by about 100 Cherokees known as the Treaty Party, relinquished all lands east of the Mississippi River in exchange for land in Indian Territory and the promise of money, livestock, various provisions and tools, and other benefits.

When the pro-removal Cherokee leaders signed the Treaty of New Echota, they also signed their own death warrants. The Cherokee Naiton Council earlier had passed a law that called for the death penalty for anyone who agreed to give up tribal land. The signing and the removal led to bitter factionalism and the deaths of most of the Treaty Party leaders once in Indian Territory.

Opposition to the removal was led by Chief John Ross, a mixed-blood of Scottish and one-eighth Cherokee descent. The Ross party and most Cherokees opposed the New Echota Treaty, but Georgia and the U.S. government prevailed and used it as justification to force almost all of the 17,000 Cherokees from their southeastern homeland.

Under orders from President Jackson and in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Army began enforcement of the Removal Act. More than 3,000 Cherokees were rounded up in the summer of 1838 and loaded onto boats that traveled the Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers into Indian Territory. Many were held in prison camps awaiting their fate.

An estimated 4,000 died from hunger, exposure and disease. The journey became an eternal memory as the "trail where they cried" for the Cherokees and other removed tribes. Today, it is remembered as the "Trail of Tears." {Source}


President Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

"My friends, circumstances render it impossible that you can flourish in the midst of a civilized community. You have but one remedy within your reach, and that is to remove to the west. And the sooner you do this, the sooner you will commence your career of improvement and prosperity." - Andrew Jackson

Long time we travel on way to new land. People feel bad when they leave old nation. Women cry and make sad wails. Children cry and many men cry, and all look sad like when friends die, but they say nothing and just put heads down and keep on go towards West. Many days pass and people die very much. We bury close by Trail. -- Survivor of the Trail of Tears {Source}

3 comments:

  1. What's Point To Criticizing White Conquerors?--Are Whites Supposed To Feel Guilty?--Why?
    (Apollonian, 24 Jul 09)

    So Kenny, what is ur pt. for this story about the white conqueror cruelly dispossessing the conquered Indians?--which Indians would have killed the whites if they only could have.

    Aren't u aware of Greek TRAGEDY?--life sucks--it always has and always will.

    Tell me Ken, do u think the Cherokees were any different for the people they dispossessed, when they conquered the land previously?

    Human beings are sinners--didn't u already know it?--do u think we don't?

    I don't know what u're trying to do with this blog--showing ur sympathy for a foreign, enemy race?--attempting to induce guilt for our own white ancestors who were merely doing best they could?

    I submit to u, comrade Ken, that life is war, as all our greatest ancestors have always taught us, fm Homer and Plato, to St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, Spencer, Nietzsche, and Darwin. And the task is to win those wars and survive. But by all means, correct me if I'm wrong.

    I can see how u might pt. out a better way for going about things--a way which would have better served our white people's interests. But it doesn't really look like u do this sort of analysis in this blog of urs. "Trail of Tears"?--they're lucky we white folk allowed them to live--do u disagree?

    CONCLUSION: Unlike u (evidently), I'm for white people--those are my folks--and I don't care about Indians--death to them, I say. So maybe u need to do some "'splaining," eh? What are u trying to accomplish? Honest elections and death to the Fed. Apollonian

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  2. "attempting to induce guilt for our own white ancestors"

    Attempting to 'bait' again, huh A.I thought maybe you had gotten away from that.

    I've read about 'white guilt' as stated by some so called academics but I've never experienced it and neither has anyone around me.
    Isn't that a ploy used by Jews to distract and divide us? Guilt for something that happened long before we were born is absurd.

    The point, if I have to 'splain' it, was just a play on the word relocation using local history.Many other examples, including historical white relocation, could have been used but it was what first came to mind. No slight to Jackson who is a hero in the anti-central bank movement. Just history, no more...no less, the strong are always relocating the weaker, something that may be repeated on us if we don't acknowledge that it could happen and remain watchful.

    "a foreign, enemy race" "don't care about Indians--death to them"
    For all of your meanderings on Christianity, that statement doesn't seem to be very Christ like. I understand your concept that Christianity should be anti-semetic but anti-Indian?? This is not 1830 and I don't think they are now much of a threat to the 'white' race. Does your Christianity want to kill all non-whites, just in case they might make a 'comeback?'

    Perhaps you should focus your attention more to those today who actually want to do us harm.

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  3. [Apollonian commentary in below text, capped, bracketed. A.]

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    kenny's sideshow said...

    "Attempting to 'bait' again, huh A.I thought maybe you had gotten away from that. [U THOUGHT WRONG AGAIN, COMRADE KEN--AFTER ALL, "BAITING" AND PROVOCATEURING ARE OFTEN PRODUCTIVE FOR MOST INTERESTING REACTIONS AND COMMENTS--WHY SHOULD I GIVE IT UP?]

    "I've read about 'white guilt' as stated by some so called academics but I've never experienced it and neither has anyone around me.
    Isn't that a ploy used by Jews to distract and divide us? Guilt for something that happened long before we were born is absurd. [WELL, I AGREE W. UR LAST STATEMENT, BUT NONETHELESS, DON'T FORGET THIS IS PRECISELY THE AGE OF GUILT-COMPLEX WHICH A LOT OF PEOPLE CONSIDER THE VERY HALL-MARK OF "MORALITY," SUCH AS THEY SEEM TO UNDERSTAND, I BELIEVE.]

    "The point, if I have to 'splain' it, was just a play on the word relocation using local history.Many other examples, including historical white relocation, could have been used but it was what first came to mind. No slight to Jackson who is a hero in the anti-central bank movement. Just history, no more...no less, the strong are always relocating the weaker, something that may be repeated on us if we don't acknowledge that it could happen and remain watchful.

    ""a foreign, enemy race" "don't care about Indians--death to them"
    For all of your meanderings on Christianity, that statement doesn't seem to be very Christ like. [KENNY, CHRISTIANITY IS ALL ABOUT HONESTY AND TRUTH, FIRST AND MOST, ACCORDING TO GOSP. JOHN, ESP. 14:6. "THINK NOT I CAME TO BRING PEACE; RATHER, I COME TO BRING A SWORD" (MATT 10:34). I SEE CHRISTIANITY AS A WEAPON, AND I UNDERSTAND CHRISTIANITY AS ABSOLUTE ANTI-SEMITISM. CHRISTIANITY, U MAY BE SURE, IS SIMPLY SOMETHING I AIM TO USE TO MY OWN SELF-INTEREST--LIKE SALVATION OF THE SOUL. INDIANS ARE NOT OUR PEOPLE, AS I SAY; THEY'RE A FOREIGN, ENEMY RACE, AND THAT'S SIMPLY THE FACT--U MUST BE HONEST.]

    "I understand your concept that Christianity should be anti-semetic but anti-Indian?? This is not 1830 and I don't think they are now much of a threat to the 'white' race. Does your Christianity want to kill all non-whites, just in case they might make a 'comeback?' [NO--AS I SAID ABOVE, IT'S A MAGNIFICENT WEAPON IF UNDERSTOOD AND USED PROPERLY. BUT GET IT STRAIGHT--WE WHITES OWE INDIANS NOTHING--AND ANYONE WHO SAYS DIFFERENT IS SIMPLY A TRAITOR, PERIOD--THAT'S HONEST TRUTH, IN MY VIEW.]

    "Perhaps you should focus your attention more to those today who actually want to do us harm." [RIGHT--SO THAT JUST BRINGS US BACK TO UR POSTING, DOESN'T IT?--BUT WAY TO GO FOR UR TRYING TO TURN IT AROUND.]

    July 24, 2009 1:10 PM

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