Dispossession by Decree

During the frontier period, when the government that afflicts us was still in its pupal stage and (therefore) most of North America remained relatively free, Washington employed an interesting method of stealing land from various Indian communities.

Indian nations such as the Nez Perce, who were organized in fiercely independent bands, posed something of a challenge to Washington, since there was no central oligarchy that could be seduced or intimidated into betraying the entire tribe. So the Feds had to take an incremental approach, negotiating separate treaties that pilfered property tract by tract until the targeted Indian tribe was left with a pitiful, resource-poor and indefensible territory.

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