Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

November 21, 2013

Take a grim lesson from the Native Americans

Dear Editor:

Given the prevailing mood of “let’s attack the Federal Government,” I believe it behooves us to address the controversy between those who believe in a strong federal government and those who just as strongly believe in state’s rights, meaning opposition to a central form of government.

This theme was prompted upon reading that representatives of the 556 Indian tribes recognized by the federal government were having a meeting with officials in Washington.

This piece has nothing to do with that capitol meeting. What is pertinent is the astounding number of recognized Indian tribes–that amazing 556–and the part that may have played in their defeat by European whites in the 1700’s and 1800’s.

The Native Americans were already burdened by being, for the most part, a primitive, stone-age race. We whites had them severely “outgunned” in weaponry and other supplies modern to the times; however, I believe there was an even greater reason for the Indians defeat, that being the extremely “splintered” nature of their existence.

Had all those Native Americans been of just one “tribe,” rather than hundreds of groups, often engaged in bitter wars among themselves, that one large tribe could have presented a far more powerful challenge to the invading European whites.

While we no doubt would have still have triumphed in the end, it would without question have taken much longer and been far costlier in blood and treasure.This all leads up to the fact that the United States is a world power only because it is, in fact as well as name, the United States. Those states-righters who would strengthen the individual states to the detriment of the union apparently do not realize that such weakening of the union would eventually lead to “Balkanization.” I believe those who are constantly attacking the recognized government of

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