The Works of Theodore Roosevelt Vol. 8 “Thomas Hart Benton”- “Gouverneur Morris” Pages 156 & 157

“,,,We usually group all our Indian Wars together, in speaking of their justice or injustice; and thereby show flagrant ignorance. The Sioux and Cheyennes, for instance, have more often been sinning than sinned against; for example, the so called Chivington or Sandy Creek Massacre, in spite of certain most objectionable details, was on the whole as righteous and beneficial a deed as ever took place on the frontier. On the other hand, the most cruel wrongs have been perpetrated by whites upon perfectly peaceable and unoffending tribes like those of California, or the Nez Perces. Yet the emasculated professional humanitarians mourn as much over one set of Indians as over the other–and indeed, on all points connected with Indian management, are as untrustworthy and unsafe leaders as would be an equal number of the most brutal white borderers. “

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