Indian Reservations and Black Plantations Democratic Party Traditions


by Mustang

First, some background

Violent conflict didn’t suddenly manifest itself upon native people at the moment Europeans arrived in the Americas.  Native Americans (Indians) were at war with one another for thousands of years before the white man appeared, and if the reader has ever engaged a modern Indian in conversation, then they know that tribal groups continue to regard one another contemptuously.  When European settlers first arrived, they found a stone-aged people who were quite content with their lifestyle and long held stone age traditions.  Native people may have marveled at European technologies and trinkets, but beyond the use of the white man’s firesticks for hunting, against whites and other Indians, they had little interest in modernization until it was forced upon them.

Today, in the United States alone, there are 574 federally recognized Indian “nations,” which are variously referred to as tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, and villages.  The word “nation” and “tribe” are synonymous.  Indian bands are subsets of tribes.  The words band, clan, and village also have identical meanings.  Anthropologists tell us that it was common among stone age people to limit the size of their social groups, necessary as a tool for being able to house, feed, and/or control the group.

Indians found in the eastern regions and midland plain of North America were nomadic people.  Woodland and plains Indian bands usually consisted of no more than 50 people.  Whenever the band’s population grew beyond that, which is to say that whenever the birth rate exceeded the death rate, clan or band members were sent away to form new groups of their own.  By “sent away,” these new groups remained close enough to maintain their ethnic and cultural ties with the tribe, but far enough away so as not to impinge on the original band’s hunting grounds.

Indians in the west were more settled.  Navajo and some Apache groups constructed semi-permanent dwellings and established productive farms.  Most Indians, however, were hunters and gatherers, which means that they moved with the seasons — following the herds needed to sustain them, while gathering the vegetation that became part of their regular diets.  It was this continual movement of woodland and plains Indians that frequently brought tribal groups into conflict with each other.

As with all other human groups, adult men and women divided their labors to sustain the group.  The work of Indian men was to hunt for meat and protect the village.  Indians often had multiple interpersonal relationships which resulted in relatively high birth rates, but infant mortality rates were also high — which might explain Indian polygamy.  The traditional role of women (also, squaw) was birthing, raising children, cooking, making, or mending clothes, gathering firewood, hauling water, and tending to agricultural interests.  There was nothing easy about living in the wilderness, sheltered by little more than animal skin tents, or having to depend on migrating herds of animals as a food staple.

Indian leadership involved village/band headmen and tribal chiefs of which there were often several.  One “chief” might have had domestic responsibilities, another in charge of organizing and leading hunting parties.  A war chief to defend or assault external threats.  Indian leaders were often chosen within a governing council of elders; a head chief presumably led this council.  There were also influential medicine men or women whose wisdom and influence often rivaled those of the tribal or clan chiefs.  Together, Indian leaders supervised activities that achieved the will of the council of elders, maintained traditions, made judicial determinations.

The role of the war chief may seem self-evident, but it is important to note that there was no fixed tribal territory.  Indian tribes followed migratory sources of food.  They did not respect the claims of other tribes — and if the survival of the tribe depended on taking control of another tribes’ territory — so be it.  Indian conflicts were common enough to force tribal groups to form alliances and confederations for their mutual protection.  One example of this was the Algonquin and Iroquois nations, who detested one another with unbridled passion.

Despite their somewhat sophisticated tribal structure, individual Indian males retained their independence — no male Indian was obligated to comply with any ruling of the tribal council or chief.  A war chief, for example, could not force any brave to join a war party; it was more on the order of young men wanting to join the war party as a demonstration of his manliness and his courage.

On the other hand, if an Indian brave believed that his chief was weak, unwise, or dishonest, he was free to challenge the chief, free to pursue a separate agenda.  Note: this fact helps to explain the “renegade” brave who was free to create his own mischief with other tribal groups or hostilities directed toward white settlers.  The only consequence imposed on a renegade who did not wish to participate in various tribal activities was that he (and his women, if he had any) had to leave the band.  Tribal exile was the primary consequence of male independence, an understanding that was taught at a very young age.

Within this (general) structure, American Indians farmed, hunted, and raised their families.  Relatively speaking, native American populations were small — fewer than one person per square mile, overall— but competing tribes encountered one another quite frequently, particularly among the horse cultures.  Not all contact was hostile, of course.  There were trade relationships, celebrations, and marriages.  When conflicts did occur, it was likely to right a wrong, involving territorial issues, or the theft of a horse, perhaps.  If there was one thing the Indians excelled at, it was stealing.

Once hostilities erupted, however, they often lasted for decades.  The arrival of Europeans wasn’t immediately traumatic for the Indians, but it did introduce another dynamic into the Indian’s way of life — another human group that had to be dealt with.  Some Indian bands accepted white settlers as useful allies, while other Indian groups viewed the whiles as interlopers.  Indian alliances with Europeans became another source of conflict among Indian tribes/bands.

Where we are, and how we got here

The relationship between Europeans and Indians was always a prickly affair.  For nearly 200 years, the Spanish explorers/settlers in Mexico ignored the Texas/New Mexico Indians for as long as possible.  Until Mexico invited the Anglo-Americans to populate Texas, the Plains Indians always outnumbered Spanish populations and there was very little Spanish Mexico could do about the frequent Indian raids targeting Mexico’s northern-most settlements.  In New France, French explorers were well aware of their minority and more or less bent over backwards to accommodate native peoples.  The British were the exception.  The influx of Englishmen into the British Colonies produced two immediate effects: an effort by the British to form Indian alliances against the French and their Indian allies, and the movement of Indians from eastern areas into the western territories.

By the birth of the United States, government officials were used to dealing with Indians; Indian Agents became part of the early structure of the Department of the Interior and the War Department.  This was necessary because most founding fathers believed, in one fashion or another, that it was the United States’ manifest destiny to control the North American continent.  Unfortunately, the Indians were in the way.  Within the first fifty years of the birth of the United States, government officials decided that three things must happen to end their troubled relationship with the Indians.  Either these indigenous people would have to forsake thousands of years of their culture and tradition and assimilate European society, they would have to die by any means available, or they would have to agree to live on reservations.

The Indians would not give up their land, their right to live according to their own traditions, without a fight.  Since the Europeans were not going back to where they came from, conflict not only inevitable, but it was also more or less constant.  The further west these whites traveled, the more desperate the Indians became.  After 1830 and lasting well into the 1880s and 1890s, the American government adopted a no-nonsense Indian removal policy.  The Indians would either agree to live on reservations, with all the benefits promised to them by the federal government, or they would be killed.

Indians and Americans soon learned two things about one another.  From the Indian perspective, that whites could not be trusted to honor negotiated settlements.  From the American government’s perception, the Indian was a barbarian who depredations upon “innocent settlements” could not and would not be tolerated.

Indian Reservations

Life on Indian reservations was more difficult than it was living within the forests, along the rivers, or on the vast American plain.  Despite large tracts of land initially set aside for the Indians, which dwindled in size with each new treaty, the reservations were completely unsuitable to the Indian lifestyle because for the first time ever, the Indian lost his freedom of movement.

To pacify and encourage Indians to stay on the reservation (which were somewhat similar to the concentration camps of a later period), the US government promised to provide the Indians with food, shelter, goods, cash, and armed protection from other tribes and renegade whites.  Missionaries and educators worked hard to strip the Indian of his culture, tradition, and history.  Some of these efforts were successful, but most were not.  When it was impossible to convert the Indian to Christianity, some Indian agents gave them whiskey in steady dosages … to keep them docile and in place, to make the reliant upon the government … to enslave them to the good graces of the federal government.

Among government leaders, federal benefits were always subject to later modification, which the Indians correctly claimed as a breach of properly negotiated treaty.  From the Indian perspective, reservation life was disastrous.  Conflicts among reservation tribes increased, but worse than all these things, the government’s policy robbed the Indian of their spirituality.

Black Plantations (also known as ghettos)

Indian reservations today are as bad (or worse) than any urban slum — both created by Democrat administrations (federal, state, and city) under strikingly similar strategies.  I cannot say that purge is the goal of the federal government under Democrat administrations — it is certainly not their stated goal, but the effects of Indian reservations and Black plantations do seem to accomplish that very thing.  Let’s review:

  1. American Indians today are among the least healthy populations, followed by black Americans.  Together, Indians and Negroes are the least educated and the most addicted to alcohol and drugs.  Both own the dubious distinction of the highest per capita unemployment.
  1. Despite their racial and ethnic dissimilarities, Indians and Negroes live in squalor; they suffer the same health conditions.  17.4% of Indian populations are in poor health; 13.8% of blacks are in poor health.  The rate of HIV infection among Indians is twice the national average; 80% of African-American women are obese while 30% of Indians are likely to die from diseases associated with obesity.  Native Americans are three times likely to have diabetes and 2.5 times more likely to die from it; forty-two percent of African Americans suffer from hypertension. 

Living in hovels can’t help. 

People may wonder why Native Americans refuse to assimilate mainstream American culture.  They should also wonder about the lack of assimilation among African Americans.  That any human being living in the United States today should live in such filth as depicted in the above photographs begs more than a few questions, if we dare ask them: Who shall we blame for these unacceptable conditions?  What shall we do about it?

In both instances, Indians and blacks have become dependent upon the government for their income, their shelter, their sense of self, and their very survival.  It isn’t working.  It never has.  The only thing the federal government ever achieved in creating reservations and plantations is more human misery, less hope, and early death.  Democrat administrations (federal, state, local) have achieved far more than Republicans in increasing the misery index among blacks and Indians.

Yet, despite what the Democratic Party has done to these people (Indians and blacks) since around the year 1900, one stellar accomplishment has been to transform these miserable souls into dyed-in-the-wool voting Democrats.  I honestly do not understand it. 

For their part, Republicans ignore these problems, hoping that one day the troubles will simply disappear.  But this is far from being a problem of white apathy.  Indian leaders have ignored or taken advantage of their own people with as much regularity as black leaders have milked their communities for millions gained in personal wealth.  I don’t know where Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or Jeramiah Wright live — but I’m pretty sure they don’t live in the squalor depicted in either of the two photographs, above.  Indian and black leaders are more than merely duplicitous in the conditions we find on reservations and plantations.  They are the largest part of the problem. 

Have state and federal governments intentionally created these conditions?  The answer is both yes and no … and, besides, there are as many whites living in equally deplorable conditions.  No matter what politicians and bureaucrats tell you, we will never rid ourselves of poverty in this country.  We will always have poor people, alcoholic people, drugged out people, sick people, angry people, and people who try to convince everyone that the solution to these issues is simple: just increase taxes for more trinkets, make more promises that you don’t intend to keep, and convince blacks and Indians that they deserve reparations for something that happened well over 150 years ago.

Conclusion

I would like to know what others think.  If you agree that Indian Reservations and Black Plantations are a stain upon our American character, then what is the one thing you would do, as President, to change our direction?

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Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

20 Responses to “Indian Reservations and Black Plantations Democratic Party Traditions”

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  2. kidme37 Says:

    As president, I would do whatever it was Trump did to make black unemployment the lowest ever in history and the presidential approval rating among blacks the highest ever. He was doing things and mostly keeping promises is my guess as being the key to it.

    I see blacks and Indians being lied to by the government for as long as they’ve been taking breaths so many want nothing to do with whatever plan Uncle Sam has for them. With my limited exposure to Indians in the Southwest, I think those that choose to live unassimilated will always be that way. I know when the government built houses for them on the reservation in Arizona, the Indian would immediately cut a hole in the roof and build a fire in the living room.

    I can see why many in each group want nothing to do with “America”. May as well ask what we can do about any group of people on Earth living in substandard conditions as in lots of cases, it is their way.

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    • Mustang Says:

      Excellent comment, Kid. Thanks. You’re probably right about people not wanting anything to do with mainstream American society … heck, I’m not even sure what “mainstream” means, anymore. I hadn’t heard about cutting holes in roofs … it’s funny and sad at the same time. I guess it would be good to be a Casino Chief these days.

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  3. geeez2014 Says:

    Where would Indians go if we just closed all reservations…? Biden includes them all the time now when talking about Americans, have you noticed that? (By the way, Mustang…yesterday he spoke to a room about 99% full of military in England…his final words were “God bless you all and God bless our troops” I was wondering if he hadn’t noticed he was talking to troops!!)
    I think a big dark secret is how many Black Americans are totally and beautifully assimilated in America and have been for generations. Those living in slums, and that’s a lot, admittedly, need their ‘leaders’ to step up and get them out of dependency on the gov’t so we know THAT will never happen. Or you can be like me and see the amazing Conservative young BLack people starting to speak up and get hopeful!!!?? Call me Pollyanna!

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    • Mustang Says:

      The post wasn’t either anti-Indian or anti-black. I simply think that given the quality of life in the US, it is a damn shame that anyone has to live in filth. Black leaders, rather than leading the people out of their misery, capitalize on it. Obama, Jarrett, their clique, and lots of Indian casino owners have made fortunes from these shoddy conditions and none could give a fig about “their people.” Twenty-five percent of American blacks are at or below the poverty level, around 12.5 million people. That’s what concerns me.

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  4. nrringlee Says:

    Note the timing. The reservation movement and the attempts to “kill the Indian, save the man” all originated at a time when Social Darwinism crept in to our otherwise Christian culture. No two population groups have been more impacted by the Progressive movement than that of the First Citizens and the Forced Citizens. Their initial dislocation from the majority society left them ripe for exploitation by social experimenters. My time on recruiting duty here in the great Southwest taught me that for the Navajo, Hopi and other nations of the Southwest straddling two worlds is a difficult task made more precarious by the meddling of the government. Our federal government has never been discrete or precise enough to navigate these difficult trails. The blunt force of federal power destroys far more than it preserves. The case of the boarding schools is a classic example of the blunt force of federal power. But the mission schools and mission work by the Protestant fundamentalist sects offered some hope a hundred years ago as they do now. Lacking the force of law they depended upon the force of the Word to draw converts. So we find varying results. On the reservations we have populations of ‘traditionals’ living side by side with populations of ‘Jesus believers.’ We still have very active mission work as we also have very active recruiting efforts by colleges and the military. There is hope. My particular church sponsors a state wide mission on the reservations that is very active and successful. The answer lies in choice. Give people options. Traditional life can and does work on the large reservations of the Southwest. People make a handsome living herding and breeding livestock, guiding and working in natural resource management and enjoyment. The White Mountain Apache are such a group. They have the best managed evergreen forests in North America, provide the best fire crews nationwide and conserve their natural resources to their advantage offering good employment. Just keep the federal bureaucracy away and they do fine. We have a far different view of things here on the border of the big reservations and the borderlands of the nation. We manage to work things out.

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    • Mustang Says:

      Take a spirited human being, strip away his freedom, destroy his spirit, and his sense of self by placing him forever on the dole, force him into becoming totally dependent upon Uncle Sugar, and you’ve got a voting Democrat for life. That is the human tragedy and the history of the Progressive movement. It doesn’t seem very progressive to me. Just the opposite, in fact. But I am heartened to know that there are some successful efforts underway among the Native populations — and thank you for the work you are doing. I don’t see much improvement within the black plantations, though. I seem to recall that community organizers like Barack Obama and slum-lord Valarie Jarrett have made a fortune from their subsidized Chicago plantations. Will anyone ever expose these cockroaches?

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  5. markone1blog Says:

    So, have you heard rumors of a planned conservative ghetto plantation?

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  6. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    As to how to stop that madness, it would take a re-indoctrination of conservative principles in the American Public so that they wouldn’t think that the proper reaction to poverty is to create a government agency.

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    • Mustang Says:

      I remember when we used to call homeless people “Hobos” and “Vagrants.” Today, homeless people are in charge of expansive “tent cities” within large cities. Nothing is done about them, either … and they seem to rival the squalor of reservations and plantations. I haven’t heard much from the “woke” community about any of these issues, which makes one imagine that if they vote Democrat, they’re voting to maintain the status quo. No doubt the Hobos are Democrats too.

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  7. peter3nj Says:

    As always thank you Mustang.
    Here’s a knee slapped: The truth shall set you free John 8:31.
    I’ve read that critics of critical race theory argue that it relies on social constructionism, elevates storytelling over evidence and reason, rejects the concepts of truth and merit, and opposes liberalism. How different is this from Disney’s version of cowboys and Indians?

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    • Mustang Says:

      Critical Race Theory is a poor disguise for black Marxism. Before anyone embraces it, they should know what it’s all about. Adherents of CRT also “understand” that whites can’t help themselves because, they argue, most whites are guilty of some form of racism, and if not overt (in your face) racism, at least “unintended” racism. We’ll recognize “unintended racism” when we observe parents dressing their children in Indian costumes for Halloween. Dressing up children in costumes for an evening of pretend is very bad, you see. Not as bad as dressing children up as a poor black person, but yeah … very bad. On the other hand, leftists are okay with metrosexual men dressing up in women’s clothing and allowing sexually confused men to use the lady’s restroom.

      There is no shortage of anger or BS on the left, and you know it’s part of a plan when every news outlet uses the exact same words and phrases to perpetuate their loathsome destruction of a free Republic. Anger — and BS — exalt folly.

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  8. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    Today’s War Chief is in charge of the casino operation, making sure that the jobs go to family members and favorites.
    You know, like a Democrat mayor would.

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    • peter3nj Says:

      Ed:
      My younger sister (now 57) married into a family of Mexican-American multi/millionaires. How did they become rich you might ask? The family were agents on one New Mexico Indian reservation from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s, that’s how.
      Side note: In 2010 ( last time I spoke with her was at my 60th birthday extravaganza) we were invited to one day visit their summer retreat in the Colorado Rockies but bring whatever food we needed to eat for the week. Ya gotta love rich people.

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    • Mustang Says:

      Exactly, Ed.

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