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Indian vs. Indian: Pre European Native American Warfare; Plains; Lakota Sioux

Long before the 'evil white man', American Indians fought each other in a very violent way. They would sometimes mutilate their enemies. They would drive them far out of their hunting lands. Some would even take captives as slaves. Sacagawea of the Lewis and Clark expedition was captured and made a slave in this way. Not all Indian tribes were peace loving hippies like some would have you believe.

But don't get me wrong, as many of you will, I like the Native Americans and I think that they got a raw deal. But such is life. Nations have been killing and capturing territory for thousands of years before the white man even set foot in North America. So the Europeans and then Americans doing it in North America was nothing new. Dare I say that it is time to move on? I left some links below. It's hard to find any information on stuff like this with the political correctness going on in the world.
jbranstetter04



Native American Wars

On the Western Plains, pre‐Columbian warfare—before the introduction of horses and guns—pitted tribes against one another for control of territory and its resources, as well as for captives and honor. Indian forces marched on foot to attack rival tribes who sometimes resided in palisaded villages. Before the arrival of the horse and gun, battles could last days, and casualties could number in the hundreds; thereafter, both Plains Indian culture and the character and meaning of war changed dramatically. The horse facilitated quick, long‐distance raids to acquire goods. Warfare became more individualistic and less bloody: an opportunity for adolescent males to acquire prestige through demonstrations of courage. It became more honorable for a warrior to touch his enemy (to count "coup") or steal his horse than to kill him.
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Native_American_Wars.aspx



Teton Sioux Indians
At the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Teton Sioux occupied two villages near present-day Pierre, South Dakota. One village was located on the Missouri River itself, while the other was situated off a tributary, the Bad River. Among French and Canadian traders, as well as other neighboring tribes, the Tetons were known for aggressiveness and power. Intent on controlling traffic through their portion of the river, they would demand large gifts from passing merchants. Sometimes, they even used more violent tactics.
Given their reputation, perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of Teton culture concerned the tribe's relationship with their Arikara neighbors. The Tetons made their military might very clear to the Arikaras, yet the Arikaras had one thing to offer that kept their relationship with the Tetons a good one: corn. The Arikara were great farmers, and their corn crop was essential to the survival of the Tetons. In exchange for clothes, guns and other supplies provided by the Tetons, the Arikaras shared their horses and corn. http://www.pbs.org/lewisandclark/native/tet.html

"The "What If" game remains uniquely fascinating because our history boasts so many dramatic turning points at which different decisions, or altered luck, could have produced altogether unfamiliar outcomes.

But there's no way to play "What If" when it comes to the fate of the Native Americans. No battlefield break, no changed government policy, could have produced a situation vastly different from the one that applies today."
-Micheal Medved
The 10 Big Lies About America

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