Native American Heritage Month: Untold Stories of American Indians and the Civil War
Series sponsored by Native American Student Alliance. Presentation by Sammye Meadows, Public Lands Outreach Coordinator, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
Nov 01, 2012
from 05:00 pm to 06:30 pm
|Where||Quigley Recital Hall|
|Contact Name||Heather Orr|
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The Civil War was America’s most difficult period, full of sacrifice and hope. Over 750,000 soldiers did not return home. The war ended bondage and ushered in a “new birth of freedom” for 4,000,000 enslaved people.
A little known, but vital part of the story was that 20,000 or more American Indians fought on both sides of the conflict. Many thought their participation would guarantee their cultures’ survival, protect their lands, and enhance their autonomy. Instead, after the war, the United States turned its destructive powers against Indian people, overrunning their lands and decimating their populations in the name of “Manifest Destiny.”
Sammye Meadows will tell some stories about Indian soldiers, President Lincoln’s “Indian Policy,” and the war’s genocidal aftermath - stories like the 1862 Dakota Uprising, Company K, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters, soldiers from Wisconsin and New York tribes, the Sand Creek Massacre, the Long Walk of the Navajos, Native brigadier generals, and more.
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