History is repeating itself

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2014-01-22T11:00:00Z History is repeating itself Fremont Tribune
January 22, 2014 11:00 am

It was only several hundred years ago, Indians stood on the bluffs south of the Platte River, watching the wagon trains travel west through the valley. Many whites had been invited, but they were against the ones sneaking in.

Some of the braves thought they should attack the whites to stop this in-migration. But many of the squaws thought they seemed like hard workers, dressed their children nicely, and would be good neighbors as soon as they learned the Indian language.

The medicine man said maybe they would do the work that their young people didn’t want to do. The tribal councils thought, since there was no national leader to guide them and the other tribes might not like their moves that they might lose business from other tribes, so they wanted to wait many moons to fight the whites.

Some years later they realized they were losing their land and food supply to this group that were of a different type and culture of their own so they did decide to fight. But the settlers were not ready, as Christian people, to fight for the land they had taken. So they called on the U.S. Army.

Had Gen. George Custer not made a few small mistakes in planning, he would have killed every Indian man, woman and child in this half of the country. “Nits turn into fleas” was the slogan the army used to justify killing children also.

If you wish to see the heirs of that campaign, go to the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

But that was back in history. Some say that if we do not learn from history that it will repeat itself. It looks like history is repeating itself, only that the circumstances and the names are different – and our children and grandchildren will not like the results.

Paul Larson


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