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US Presidents in Their Own Words Concerning American Indians

Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Currents. 

WASHINGTON – American Indians have a different worldview than do non-Indians of the federal government including American presidents. That is not to say, American Indians are anti-American or even anti-government. This is evidenced by the large percentage of American Indians who serve in the United States military.

However, given the history of American Indians in the United States understandably American Indians view history differently. This is true of even how the men who have been president of the United States are viewed by Native people.

The following quotes about American Indians are from various presidents since President George Washington and up to President Barack Obama. The quotes here do not include all presidents. However, there are quotes from every president since President Franklin Roosevelt.

The reader will get a sense of how the hostility towards…

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