Asst. Regtl. Quartermaster Gettysburg 2017
- Dec 21, 2015
Whew! You came back just in time, Diane! I could not have said it nearly as well. As a side note, many still continue to live "dual lives".Thanks, Joshism, for that.
Native Americans were never residents of the United States, you see. The United States were intruders who felt they had a right to everything because they could make productive use of it - unlike the people already making productive use of it.
The problem with comparing Natives with Confederates is this: the Confederates once made an agreement to form a union with other American states and therefore were Americans. They differed from their companions, however. Indians were never part of that deal.
At the time Eli Parker said his famous quote, being an American was the necessary thing to accept. If not, you were a 'wild' Indian subject to whatever military or legal action was necessary to corral you. Parker continued to maintain his Indian identity and place with his people, but outside there he dressed an acted like an American. Lots of that - Indian at home, white everywhere else!
There's also another oddity - the term American doesn't always mean a citizen of the United States.