Unfair condemnation of America’s history

Conquest of the Native Americans


Until modern times, conquering someone else’s land was what people did - INCLUDING NATIVE AMERICANS. America’s pioneers are being singled out for condemnation for their conquest of the U.S. while other countries who conquered other parts of the New World are mostly ignored and sometimes justified. Most countries in the world today occupy territory that originally belonged to someone else. Only in the 20th century, with boundaries well established, did wars of conquest become unacceptable. The purpose of this article is to put this conquest in perspective in the time period it occurred.

Indians were not superior human beings - nor were they pacifist. Indian tribes went to war with other Indian tribes and often ran them off their land and sometimes exterminated them. The Iroquois League was formed from five tribes about 1450 AD to end chronic Indian warfare - long before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620. 

There has been a human presence in the Black Hills of S. Dakota since prehistoric times. From that time era until the US “stole” it, numerous tribes fought, very brutally, for control of the region. Around 1500 AD, the Arikara tribe - who loved to scalp their enemies for war trophies -  moved in.

The Cheyenne, Kiowa, Crow, and other tribes all arrived later to fight for their own share of the coveted mountain range. Finally, the Lakota — the alleged “original occupants” — came in around 1780 and drove out the Cheyenne. Should Indians be condemned for their warfare with other Indian tribes?

So the U.S. did not take the Black Hills from its original occupants. The original occupants had long since been exiled or exterminated by another Native American tribe, who received the same treatment from the next tribe, who received it from the next, and so on. The truth is the U.S. took the Black Hills from the most recent conquerer of the land.

Although nobody really knows for sure, it is estimated that the Indian population was 5 million for the continental US, 2 million for Canada and 65 million Indians for Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands. Because the land in what became the US was sparsely populated, there was plenty of unused land. 

The land that became the US was populated by hundreds of Indian Tribes with no established border. Some Indian Tribes were nomads who moved around. White settlers went out of their way to avoid confrontations with the Indians, establishing homesteads and towns a distance from Indian encampments.

Even so, Indians often attacked settlers because they were in their area. Indians killed women and children  as quickly as the men and sometimes tortured them to death. Some Indian torture methods lasted over a day. As a result, a mind set of fear and vengeance developed among settlers. The goal of settlers often was to get rid of Indians in a particular area no matter how it had to be done. It was massacre for massacre.

While some actions against the Indians can never be morally justified, other military actions taken against the Indians were justified. Pioneers had a moral right to defend themselves and their homes. Killing Indians only became an unforgivable crime when the white man did to the Indians what the Indians did to each other. White settlers engaged in the same goal of conquest that Indian tribes had been engaged in  — that all people, everywhere, had been engaged in — since the dawn of human civilization.


The white man’s crime was he won.

Some people believe the Indians had the right to kill anyone who settled in North America. Using this logic, we would have the right to kill all illegal aliens who enter the US. Using this same logic, INDIAN tribes who attacked other Indian tribes and took their land would be under the same death sentence. The Spanish conquistadors would be under this same death sentence. The Spanish conquistadors were responsible for the deaths of literally MILLIONS more Indians in the New World then the other Europeans who conquered what became the U.S. 

The U.S. does not have a good record with treaties signed with the Indians but there are factors involved very few recognize. The biggest reason for broken treaties with the Indians was because the U.S. was such a wonderful country that MILLIONS of immigrants came to the United States and they needed somewhere to go. NOTHING was going to stop them from establishing their new life in the New World. Failure was NOT an option. The Indians were pushed out of the way. It IS a fact that Indians broke treaties too.

Spain/Mexico never had to deal with millions of immigrants because almost no one wanted to immigrate to Spanish countries like Mexico because they were so dysfunctional. If millions of immigrants HAD gone to Mexico, they would have done what the earlier Spaniards did - taken whatever land they wanted from the Indians. If the U.S. would have had minimal immigration like Mexico, treaties with the Indians would not have been violated.

Some people want to place everlasting guilt on the Spanish and other Europeans for the diseases they brought to the New World - as if they had a choice. Smallpox, Malaria, the flu and bubonic plague all originated in either Africa or Asia. The Europeans were victims of these diseases in the past just like the Indians. If someone must be blamed, blame Africans or Asians. If Asians or Africans had been the first people to explore the New World, they would have brought the same diseases with them. 

Syphilis, dysentery, viral influenza, pneumonia and others diseases were already present among Native Americans. Syphilis was brought back to Europe by the Spanish. Syphilis was first reported in Europe in 1495 and raged in Europe and Colonial America until the advent of antibiotics.

Some Mexicans think that if they have Indian blood they can ignore the US - Mexican border, claiming ‘we didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us.’ NOT true. Nearly all the Indians the Spanish intermarried with lived south of the Rio Grande River - in  Mexico and other Central American countries. Unless you are 100% Indian, your ancestors were invaders. And if you are 100% Indian, nearly all of you are from south of the Rio Grande River. You have no right to ignore the border.

Some people claim ‘white Americans’ or ‘Anglos’ were illegal aliens 300 years ago and WE should be deported.(1) This is a flawed argument for many reasons: 


a) You can’t undo what happened 300 years ago. If what happened 300 years ago needs to be “fixed”, we need to go all around the world and kick lots of people out of lots of countries who didn’t live there 300 years ago. Oh, and who would enforce this forced relocation? 

b) There is no rule on how long someone has to live in a place before they become a ‘native.’ Many whites have been here for over 150 years and many over 250 years. That’s long enough to be a native. 

c) Most immigrants arrived in America after the Indian Wars ended and had nothing to do with it.

d) All of white America’s inventions would go. The Indians would have to live the way they did before the white man arrived - in teepees and only bow and arrows to hunt for food. No horses (they were imported from Europe), no firearms to hunt with, no screens to keep bugs out of your teepee, no air conditioning, cars or hospitals.

e) What about Americans who are part Indian? Can they stay? 

f) If all whites must leave America, then ALL non-Indians - Spanish, Asians and blacks must also leave. If all non-Indians left America the country would be depopulated, the world economy would collapse and lots of people in Africa would starve to death. The US military would disappear, Russia would rule the world and occupy what used to be the U.S. and take all the land from the Indians. 


1. Here are just three racist Mexican Americans who have publicly stated all Anglos should be kicked out of the US: Mario Obledo, who co-founded MALDEF, a ‘civil rights’ organization in 1968, Reies Lopez Tijerina, who founded the Alianza Federal de Mercedes organization in 1963 over land grant issues and Augustin Cebada, Information Minister of the Brown Berets. For more information, go to:


Jan 2021