“Americas Dirty Laundry”: The Ongoing Genocide of the American Indian

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Irwin Ozborne, Contributor
Waking Times

“The love of possessions is a disease with them [Americans]. They take tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich who rule. They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own and fence their neighbors away. If America had been twice the size it is, there still would not have been enough.” – Sitting Bull

Knock. Knock. Knock.

Open the door and see the armed Gestapo at your doorstep demanding you turn over the rights of your children and toddlers. They no longer belong to you as mandated by federal law.

You see the fear in your toddler’s eyes as you are no longer capable of protecting them and are forced by law to give up your children to the police. They sit them on a bus to be shipped away to a school hundreds of miles away in which they will be trained to forget every value, tradition, and characteristic you have tried to teach. They will be disciplined with abuse, torture, starvation, and rape. If you ever see them again, they will not be the innocent child you once knew.

This did not happen in a far away land, this did not happen a long-long time ago. This happened in the “greatest country on Earth” in fairly recent history. This was the policy of the United States government in an effort to assimilate American Indian children in a boarding school system that peaked in the 1970’s.

“And Indians should get over this, it happened so long ago,” states an American Indian Education Specialist with a highly sarcastic tone, “And it really wasn’t that long ago and we’re talking about everyone in Indian country is a product or their parent, or grandparent, was a product of boarding schools. Which was institutionalized by the United States Government. And our families were destroyed, our mothers did not have legal rights to their children, at any given time foreigners, strangers, could come in and take your children without any recourse. And this was the policy of the United States Government.”

The boarding schools were designed with the slogan, “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” in an attempt to Christianize or Americanize the Indian population. They targeted children as they believed the adults were too set in their ways. In 1879, the schools were brought off the reservations to avoid children from attempting to run away and to ensure that if they went back home they would not return to their traditional lifestyle.

Forcibly taken from their homes, forbidden to speak Native languages or practice traditions, the children were overcrowded, starved, and victims of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The rationale for the cultural genocide was because it was cheaper to “educate” the Indians into mainstream culture than to try to wage war.

This is never taught in American school systems. History books are censored from speaking the truth of how this nation was formed on genocide of the American Indians. Now, representing less than one-percent of the population they are the last race that it is socially acceptable to discriminate against.

“The racism is rampant but nobody wants to look at it,” stated our interviewee, “I guess because we’re America’s dirty laundry.”

Pine Ridge Reservation

Although not written until 1948, it almost appears as if the United States took the United Nations definition for Genocide and used it as a checklist in their treatment of the indigenous people of the land. It reads:

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

While the boarding school system described above was just one piece of the strategy, those who did “survive” were left on reservations in third-world conditions despite being between borders in one of the richest countries on the globe.

Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is the poorest area in the United States with a per capita income of less than $4,000 per year and 97-percent of residents living below the Federal poverty lines. The dilapidated houses are overcrowded as they try to take in family members and friends without a roof over the head. The average home will host 17 people (two to three bedrooms); whereas some homes that are built for six to eight people have 30 people living in them currently.

More than a third of these homes have no water, sewage, insulation, heating or electricity. Families have to carry contaminated water to the home for personal use. More than 60-percent of these homes are infested with the Stachbotrys (a potentially fatal black mold). With no technology, industrial, or commercial infrastructure on the reservation more than 85-percent of the residents are unemployed. The high school dropout rate is more than 70-percent with the teacher turnover at 800-percent higher than the national average.

On Pine Ridge Reservation, the life expectancy is around 45 years – which is the second lowest in the Western Hemisphere (behind only Haiti). This has to do with alcoholism, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, suicide, and malnutrition. Some of the healthcare facts include:

Alcoholism rates are estimated at 80-percrent

Alcohol related deaths are 300-percrent higher than the national average

Nearly 95-percent of all crimes are alcohol related

One in four infants are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The rate of diabetes is eight times the national average

Estimated 50-percent of adults over 40 have diabetes

37-percent of the entire reservation has diabetes

The rate of Tuberculosis is eight times the national average

The suicide rates is more than twice the national average

Teenage suicide rates is four times the national average

Infant mortality is the highest on the continent and about three times the national average

The rate of Cervical Cancer is five times the national average

The rate of Heart Disease is twice the national average

This is due to many of the residents being without adequate healthcare. In most treaties between Indian nations and the United States, the government agreed to provide medical care for Indians in return for vast quantities of land. The Indian Health Services was established in 1787, based on Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. However, what is administered is very small compared to the need and the IHS is understaffed and ill-equipped to handle the crisis in these Indian communities.

“The administration is responsible for providing and delivering health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives across the country. Their federal obligation mandates that they promote health and safe Indian communities while honoring tribal governance. This is not happening,” said Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso, who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs – in a February 2016 article with NBC News.

“You may have heard the phrase ‘Do not get sick after June,’ because if you do, you will not be able to get care. This, to me, is a rationing of health care — care that is guaranteed by treaty. If we start funding IHS at levels commensurate with need, I believe we will solve a lot of the issues revealed in the 2010 report and the ones occurring elsewhere in this country,” said former Senator Byron Dorgan, chairman of The Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute – in the same NBC News article.

Broken Treaties

Not living up to the agreements of the IHS is pretty standard for the course in United States policy. In all, 370 treaties were signed between the United States Government and Indian Nations.

And all 370 were broken by the United States.

“Yeah, none of them have been lived up to. But everybody is living on our land and nobody knows that,” continued the American Indian Education specialist, “Part of that is the socialization so whenever you up treaty rights, the reason there is so much backlash in this country like, ‘Why do those Indians have special rights? Why do they have stuff we don’t have?’ It’s because nobody is teaching these kids what a god damn treaty is! A treaty is an agreement between nations. Some nations choose to live up to them, some nations violate them.”

They are still doing it today with the controversy of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline which would cut through the heart of tribal lands.

“But when we DO end up winning in the court of the conqueror – mind you the enemies court – when we do end up having small gains, and I’ll say for every twenty cases we maybe have one that goes our way. Every time that happens, when we win, ‘why do these Indians get these special rights?”’ he continued, “Because these folks do not understand what a damn treaty is. Nobody in St. Paul knows what treaty their land is on. It’s the treaty of 1805. First treaty ever signed with the nation of Sioux Indians was the treaty of 1805. So, nobody in the Twin Cities is learning that they are living on Treaty of 1805. Nobody knows that, and because they don’t know that, when a treaty case comes Indian people are met with bigotry and hate. ‘Why do you all get to do this? Why do we get to do that?’ Well, it’s not our fault that America didn’t educate their children about article six of the constitution is that treaties are the law of the land.”

The 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty clearly defined boundaries owned by the Lakota people which covered a large part of the upper Midwest between Minnesota and Montana. However, it was the Great Emancipator, President Abraham Lincoln, who allowed white settlers onto this land by signing the Homestead Act in 1862. Treaty rights were violated and the Indian people were forced to move once again to the most inhospitable lands. In retaliation, some Sioux attacked white settlers which is referred to as the “Sioux Uprising.”

Uprising is defined as an act of resistance, rebellion, or revolt. They were not resisting, they were retaliating. But the terminology is done intentionally to spread propaganda of the Sioux that are rebelling, although it was Lincoln who violated the treaty.

This led to the largest mass execution in United States History when President Lincoln ordered to hang 38 Santee Sioux in Mankato, Minnesota – a week later he signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

“Minnesota has a shitty-ugly history, but we can’t talk about it because in Minnesota everything nice happened,” our interviewee continues, “Even if you deal with Minnesota Historical Society, they don’t even want to tell the god damn truth. They call it ‘controversial history.’ Any history that is uncomfortable is controversial. Anytime Minnesota gets a little bit of mud on its face, that’s called controversial history and they won’t tell that story. But the problem with that is that pathology of denial that this state has means that it can happen again. To somebody else. Who’s next?”

The Second Fort Laramie Treaty was signed in 1868 which designated the sovereignty of the Lakota people and prohibited outside settlers to ever occupy their lands. All this changed, though, in 1874 when gold was found in the Black Hills and in other areas held sovereign by the Lakota and non-Indian miners swarmed the Black Hills. Consequently, the federal government reneged on the Fort Laramie Treaties and took total control of the Black Hills again, only a decade after signing the second treaty.

This led to more wars, breaking up of the reservations, and once again tribes being forced off any land that the United States found valuable. Then in this same area, the Black Hills, in which the Lakota people found sacred which was stolen from them after a broken treaty, the Federal Government added a slap in the face by imprinting a message on their land with Mount Rushmore. A memorial of United States Presidents serves as a constant reminder of the people who stole their land and killed their people.

Understanding the Reservation System

The reservation system in America is widely misunderstood and completely fabricated in the educational system.

Originally, the settlers agreed to give the Indians all land West of the Appalachian Mountains. But after the American Revolution, the whites continued to break treaties and push the Indians off their land. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson – nicknamed “Indian Killer” – signed the Indian Removal Act which was designed to forcibly remove Indians and march them to the newly designed “Indian Country” in Oklahoma.

This was somewhat documented in the notorious “Trail of Tears” in which Indians marched for hundreds of miles at gunpoint. If they could not continue to walk, they were left for dead. If anyone refused, they were brutally murdered in front of the group. Pregnant woman had their stomachs sliced open or they would drown infants or club toddlers against trees in a means of intimidation of anyone who would not comply.  Again, policy of the United States.

By the middle of the nineteenth century, the Indian Reservation System emerged. The government would move tribes onto specifically reserved land for the tribes.

“Reservations are not land that they gave us, by the way.” Our interviewee pointed out, “Reservations mean they were reserved. A lot of folks say, ‘well we gave you some land.’ No, bullshit we were here first. You are the invader! You may have taken a lot of things but reservation, in the English language if you look it up, it means “reserved”. So that’s land the nations reserved for themselves. And it has been whittled down through lies, policy, and deceit all at the hands of the United States Government and companies that wanted to make money. Timber companies, mining companies, etc., etc, Ranchers, but those are reserved. Those weren’t given to us, we reserved those. That’s another common mythology in America.”

This all served as a precursor to the Holocaust of World War II. Many parallels exist between the mistreatment of American Indians and the Nazi treatment of the Jewish people. This include death marches, concentration camps, mass graves, destroying old cultures, blaming one group of people for the problems, etc. In fact, in a couple biographies of Adolf Hitler, he credits the United States for his ideas of genocide.

On page 202 of John Toland’s book titled Adolf Hitler:

Hitler’s concept of concentration camps as well as the practicality of genocide owed much, so he claimed, to his studies of English and United States history. He admired the camps for Boer prisoners in South Africa and for the Indians in the wild west; and often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America’s extermination—by starvation and uneven combat—of the red savages who could not be tamed by captivity.

He was very interested in the way the Indian population had rapidly declined due to epidemics and starvation when the United States government forced them to live on the reservations. He thought the American government’s forced migrations of the Indians over great distances to barren reservation land was a deliberate policy of extermination. Just how much Hitler took from the American example of the destruction of the Indian nations is hard to say; however, frightening parallels can be drawn. For some time Hitler considered deporting the Jews to a large ‘reservation’ in the Lubin area where their numbers would be reduced through starvation and disease.

Whiteclay, Nebraska

Pine Ridge Reservation is a dry reservation, meaning it is illegal to possess or consume alcohol. However, across the border in Nebraska, there lies a town with a population of 12 people. Yet, within that town of 12, there are four liquor stores. These stores sell millions of cans of beer per year and profit millions of dollars – mostly to the Oglala Sioux.

Unlike other Nebraska communities, Whiteclay exists only to sell liquor and make money. It has no schools, no churches, no civic organizations, no parks, no benches, no public bathrooms, no fire service and no law enforcement. Tribal officials have repeatedly pleaded with the State of Nebraska to close these liquor stores or enforce the State laws regulating liquor stores but have been consistently refused.

Coincidentally, the town of Whiteclay is located in Sheridan County. A county named after a war criminal in Philip Sheridan who slaughtered men, women, and children like game. Sheridan was once quoted stating “The only good Indian is a dead Indian.”

So the county is living up to the man it is named after by continuing to knowingly sell an illegal drug to people which is causing the majority of problems on their land.  The state of Nebraska has refused to close these liquor stores and has no problem with the destruction done to their neighbors.

However, the state of Nebraska does not like when bordering states allow people to purchase, possess, and transport illegal drugs into their state. Once Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, there was in influx in people possessing marijuana – illegal in Nebraska. They have went as far as attempting to sue the states of Colorado because of the increased traffic, possession, and use of marijuana.

America’s Dirty Laundry

Most of mainstream America is unaware of this history and current state with the Indian people in this country. Or they do know, but they just sweep it under the rug and try not to think about it. People are living in third-world conditions because of broken promises and lack of follow through. Yet, when other countries break treaties, we become the world police.

I believe in the power of the people. Once they know what is going on in the world, they stand up for justice. This is what ended the Vietnam War. Last week, social media exploded over the death of a gorilla. Imagine the good we could do and the justice that is deserved for the people that we have killed, destroyed, lied to, put into poverty, and lacking resources that they were promised.

We are talking about generational trauma. Trauma that has been handed down from generation-to-generation at the hands of our ancestors and the policies of the United States Government. Recovery has to start somewhere and the first step is for mainstream America to realize the problem they created.

About the Author

An avid historian, Irwin Ozborne (a pen-name) is a survivor of childhood abuse and torture over a period of 13 years, and a recovered alcoholic. As a mental health practitioner, today Irwin practices holistic care and incorporates eastern philosophy into his work with clients. He is available for speaking engagements as well, and can be contacted via email: takingmaskoff@yahoo.com. Please visit www.takingthemaskoff.com.

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  • Defiant

    The Native Americans COULD just integrate…like everyone else. Also, there’s nothing MAKING them drink alcohol. All of those stats related to them drinking are THEIR fault.

  • The Penitent Man

    Sorry Kim but you are wrong. Christians are being slaughtered all over the world simply because they are Christian. The people who slaughtered the Indian people of America were certainly not Christians, regardless if they said they were. And maybe some were and hating doing what they were ordered to do, isn’t that possible? Let’s be realistic, the machine is bigger then any one individual and it will eat, regardless.

    I recall a Native American soldier reflecting on the things he did while in Vietnam. He helped kill and burn down a village of Vietnamese people. After it was all over he was faced with the reality that what he had just done to the Vietnamese people was the very same thing that had been done to his people. Nothing is ever black and white.

  • The Penitent Man

    The government built Navajo homes out of the rock they mined for uranium. Think about that for a few moments. The men who rule over us knew those people living in those irradiated homes would die the slow death of radiation poisoning. I’d call them the same dishonorable and despicable men who tried to exterminate the Indian people. And it isn’t much better today. Somehow, only evil men rise to power.

  • The Penitent Man

    Thanks for the video. I’m a Lakota through marriage and all of my little ones are half Lakota. I hate the inclusion of the word “we” or “white people” in some instances because it lumps us together with the evil men who want to destroy all that is good in this world. Let’s face it, individuals are good, but when banded together you get madness. Groups form, sides are chosen and then death is released upon the land.

    When the Lakota signed the 1851 treaty they couldn’t even hunt the Buffalo because the government had marked them for extermination, allowing hunters from all over the country to destroy as many as they could, and paying them money to do so. Shortly thereafter there were only small groups of buffalo left. Then the U.S. broke yet another treaty, forcing the Lakota onto smaller and smaller plots of land. Buffalo was their whole world. Now the buffalo were gone and they had to depend on government issued commodities (rotting meat, white flour, cheese, etc.) and were taught how to farm.

    If you know anything about the Lakota the last thing were were farmers. Fast-forward to today and look at the Lakota Nation and you’ll see a people who don’t even recognize themselves. The children have been brainwashed by the MSM and act like gangsta thugs. The old people are afraid of their own children and the government is in the process of another huge land grab (Cobell).

    Native Americans are truly the forgotten people of America.They are ghosts.

  • AtomicMetroid

    If they don’t like it then they can go back to Canada

  • h1b_go_home

    And now we have Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren masquerading as a Native American to get preferential treatment in college, taking the place of a legitimate Native American youth. I have more Native American blood than Pocahontas Warren and am a direct descendant of Opechancanough, the uncle of the real Pocahontas. My grandffather was 1/4 Cherokee but I would never, ever claim any special privileges as a member of either the Pamunky or Cherokee tribes. These need to be reserved for the real Native Americans who follow the tribal traditions and were raised in the tribe, For me to claim any special privileges would be a slap in the face to the people who deserve those special privileges and would dishonor both myself and the tribe.

  • Neighborly Jim

    The reservations are a cesspool of self pity and entitlement. They are toxic to all forms of success and the young people should be looking for the fastest way out. What sickens me the most is the unending verbal vomit about stolen land and a destroyed people. Kind of hard to respect a people who live in places that perpetuate future failure when they should be embracing the 21st century and assimilating into the American culture.

  • Mike S

    They’re not from India, they’re native Americans.

  • elainewoodriff

    The supposedly quote about Hitler is a complete lie. Hitler never said any of that. Hitler wanted to better the lives of the German people and free them from the Weimar government, which was enslaving and impoverishing them. Hitler was forced into war, which he never wanted, by the ruling elite of England and the Rothchilds, whose ulterior motive is to rule the world. Hitler treated the prisoners in the work camps during WWII very well. At Auschwitz, free dental care was available to all. The camp kitchen provided state-of-the-art cooking facilities. There was a theater and orchestras, and even a camp sauna. Zyklon-B was only used to delouse clothing, and was not used on the inmates. Only in the last part of the war were the inmates not getting enough food and care due to the fact that Germany was losing the war and did not have the money or facilities to take care of them. In fact, the German citizens were beginning to starve and having to do without necessities. All the lies about Hitler and what the above quote says are from the Jews, who hated and still hate Hitler, because Hitler was voted to rule Germany and the Weimar (Jew) government was put out of power by the German people.

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  • darthangel

    Indigenous people are still being killed around the world whenever they stand in the way of the energy needs of the rich. Religion has very little to do with it.

    The missionaries who came did disrupt tribal culture, and did not appreciate the people they were trying to educate, but because of their work, less Natives were killed by the corporate elite.

    Blaming it on “christians” is ignorant bigotry. Take a look at what happened in the gulags and you will realize how ignorant your questions of “why would it” really is.

    The reason Native people even still have any culture or reservations at all is because christians beat the muslims to the western hemisphere. You would be worshipping Allah otherwise.

    The hatred of simple rural christian people and the hatred of native Americans is one and the same. The elite want to pit native Americans against the christians and cowboys that moved westward to escape the evils of the elite. If you can’t see that you are blind.

    • The Penitent Man

      Well said. The things that have happened and are happening shouldn’t be looked upon in such a simpleminded way.

  • Occam’s Razor

    “We Jews, we are the destroyers and will remain the destroyers. Nothing you can do will meet our demands and needs. We will forever destroy because we want a world of our own.”(You Gentiles, by Jewish Author Maurice Samuel, p. 155).

    “In Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharatt’s personal diaries, there is an excerpt from May of 1955 in which he quotes Moshe Dayan as follows: “[Israel] must see the sword as the main, if not the only, instrument with which to keep its morale high and to retain its moral tension. Toward this end it may, no — it must — invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the method of provocation-and-revenge…And above all — let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries, so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space.” Quoted in Livia Rokach, “Israel’s Sacred Terrorism.”

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  • Wow that’s a great working. I am an Indian this article impressed me very much. But have a bit confusion about some points.

  • Dimitri Ledkovsky

    The “avid historian”, Irwin Ozborne, resurrects the inappropriate and inaccurate comparison between Indigenous Americans and European Jews. European Jews for the most part were the invading and occupying entity in Europe: the Sephardim from the south into Spain/Portugal and the Ashkenazim from the East into Russia, all the Eastern European countries, France and Germany. They prided themselves in doing it via “stealth and deception”, a currently popular Israeli model. Indigenous Europeans invariably got fed up with these shiftless takeover artists and of necessity waged campaigns to push them out of their countries.

    Jamming on the emotional response button, the comparison with what Hitler is reported to have said and thought is also invoked. This is a repetition of “history as portrayed by the winners”. Jewish identification with The Underdog, not least with the Native American (and African American) is well documented. Though is attains legendary proportion, it is highly inaccurate and propagandistic. Legend is rarely, if ever, truth. So let’s drop the comparison of the Jewish experience with that of the American Indian because it eventually leads to another uncomfortable truth: Jewish financing and banking interests were solidly behind the white man’s western expansion in America.

  • Bruce Hodgen

    This is what Australia did to the Aboriginal peoples; now the Bilderbergers want to this to the 99%. We can’t say we didn’t see it coming!

    • Dimitri Ledkovsky

      And what is the Bilderberg meet up but a B’nai B’rith convention with a clutch of complacent goys in attendance taking orders?

    • BlackJack77

      Exactly!! We are ALL Indians now. Welcome to the reservation. They have detailed their plans to put us all in reservations/ ghettos.

      • The Penitent Man

        We still have a ways to go before we can say that. Russel Means once said something that was very true, “When the white man is free we Indians will be free.” Russel was right. We’re all slaves who think we are free.

    • The Penitent Man

      The chickens are coming home to roost.

  • E Mitchell

    Thank you for sharing. I would like to point out that as a First Nation Cree woman I am not an Indian. Indians come from India. I know most do not realize what a derogatory name this is to their Nation of Original Peoples but it is. My family suffered greatly at the hands of the Canadian government and are still treated as sub human. We were beaten if we spoke Cree and torn from our families and shoved onto land that was considered useless waste land…..that is until oil was discovered on much of the reservations of our People.Now they are trying to take it back.

  • Shirley Willis

    Wow! Very eye opening, thanks for sharing! You know, I believe what they have done to you they now have purposed to do the same to all Christians on a global scale. I am screaming as loud as I can..but I do not know if anyone is listening…God Bless, and know, their time (the evil in this world) is almost up, that’s why things are escalating. I am a descendant of two great grandmothers that were pure Indian, but changed their names to Christian names, so I cannot trace that ancestry. ANother abuse by our american government….

  • nobody

    Some of this I already knew, and a large part did not know. A small (yet significant to me) part of me is of native heritage. It has always bothered me how the non-natives basically stole this place, among others.
    Now this place is being stolen from the very people that stole it, but obviously not by the true owners.

    • darthangel

      Why do you think the American public is being told they live on stolen land???

      Its obviously a way to condition them to serve the elite. Anyone who repeats this idea about stolen land when native people had no concept of ownership, has sided with the elite and deserves what they get.

      Trying to convince the working class that they live on “stolen” land is not going to benefit anyone. If you had not yet thought of that, you have betrayed humanity to the elite.

    • The Penitent Man

      Who owns what? Who was here first? And does it really matter? History is replete with stories of one people conquering another for their land and resources. There are tales of white people living in America at the same time of the Indians, pre-Colombus. Remains of Europeans have been found that prove our presence in America many thousands of years ago. Does that mean the Indians stole it from us and our recent retaking of America is justified? Or are things a bit more complicated then that?

      The blacks still want reparations for slavery but we don’t hear a peep out of the Irish people, who were also made slaves during America’s early years as a nation. Neither the Irish alive today or the blacks alive today experienced slavery.

      Do we owe the Indian people anything? Not as individuals but our government surely does. Why? Because they made treaties with them. If the Native Americans were truly conquered then no treaties would have been made. The reason our government made treaties with them is because they fought back, and wouldn’t stop fighting back. Or one could say the treaties were simply a delaying action, to give the government more time to plan the extermination of the Native peoples.

      Who really knows?

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