Western Frontier

By: Raine Wilkins

Native Americans - The White's Come Down!

During the nineteenth century, the Native American Sioux tribe owned a place called the Black Hills. The Black Hills are a large area of land that the white settlers had wanted for two reasons. One reason was to build railroads to transport and export goods. Another reason the white settlers wanted the Black Hills was for gold. The whites believed that there was gold under the Black Hills. The issue with them wanting all of these things was that the Native Americans had already settled there. This began an uprise between the white people and the Sioux tribe. Was expanding the soil of American grounds more important than a human being’s life?

The white people were willing to go through any expenses to expand the country. The white settlers were willing to pay up to $1.25 per acre to buy off of the Native Americans after they were sent to reservations. If the Native American tribes accepted this negotiation, this would put up to $12,000,000 in their pockets. The Native American’s were in major disagreement of the offers because it was their land was being taken from them. These were people who settled on this land first. The white people began a battle with the Native Americans. This battle was called the Battle At Bighorn. Throughout several of these battles that occurred, the white people had gained advantages, as much as moving the Sioux tribe to Canada, where they could not start any fights with the tribes already there or the whites in the United States. Some Native Americans who travelled to these reservations would have to attend an all white school, where they were given Christian names and would not be called upon or allowed to answer until they have selected a name. This soon was pointed more towards all Indians. This was called the Renaming Project. The Renaming Project was the act where Christian names were given to each Native American so they could join society in a normal manner, in which white people would no longer consider them a part of their tribe.

This is similar to the crisis in Syria, where Russia tried taking Syrian land to expand the country. Syria is a small Middle Eastern country below the country Turkey. This situation resembles many aspects of the Black Hills incident between the Native Americans and the white settlers because the Russians wanted the land for themselves to expand their country. While the white settlers wanted the land for themselves to expand their country. There had been many battles between Syria and Russia, to the point where many people have died and there have been numerous amounts of raiding between the two countries and the two lifestyles. "More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives" (Syria 1). Religions and people clashed, similar to the Native Americans and the white settlers. "Violence escalated and the country descended into...war" (Syria 2). As the country increased in violence, the country essentially had one day just descended in friendship, resulting in war.

The Black Hills are currently owned by the United States of America. It is currently unknown of the Sioux tribe’s whereabouts. The bond between the white people and the Native American tribe is also unknown. During these acts, Chief Sitting Bull was murdered, leaving the Sioux tribe in the hands of themselves and Red Cloud. The battle may still continue above the clouds, but on United States soil, the whites have won this battle.

The Sioux Tribe Tragedies

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The Sioux Tribe

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