Ely Parker: Letter to Harriet Maxwell Converse about Indian Policy Reform

(1885)

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To you though I will confess, and you must not abuse or betray my confidence, that I have little or no faith in the American Christian civilization methods of healing the Indians of this country. It has not been honest, pure or sincere. Black deception, damnable frauds and persistent oppression has been its characteristics, and its religion today is, that the only good Indian is a dead one. Guns stand, loaded to the muzzle, ready to prove this lie. Another creed under which the Indian is daily sinking deeper into the quagmire of oppression is, that “might makes right,” and on...

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