We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men, including Native Americans, are created equal. We are a people who love plants and animals as much as we love our sons. We believe in only keeping the largest fish. We came here when the rivers and oceans were filled. We treasure our children and our grandparents, and everything that was in our land before the white man came. We are not morons and savages like we have been called for many summers. The Native Americans are a country of philanthropists; you destroyed our land in every possible way; we tried to give you a fair share of land, and now we will murder all of you or drive you all right back across the Atlantic.
We are greatly annoyed by your writing of the Declaration of Independence. You find reasons for your colonies to claim this land for your own. The land you claim is yours was stolen from us through treaties that were never official to every Native American tribe. You write, “For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us.” After the white men killed millions of Native Americans by spreading disease, you burdened our lands with large bodies of armed civilians among us. You go on to write, “He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.” That is exactly what you have done to us for the past hundreds of years.
You kill all the animals you can find, to take only their skins or horns. You cut down trees that have been standing for years and years. The part of the Declaration of Independence that disgusted me the most was how you argue for, “Taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments.” You must understand that Native Americans were here with their own government. It was an unwritten form of government where nobody could own the land and that everyone was treated equally. The first settlers here enslaved us and murdered us. They did not respect our unwritten laws in the land. My last objection to your Declaration of Independence is your reason, “For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world.” Capturing Africans from their homes and enslaving them for their lives is not fair, no matter how much money you make. You cannot say that what England is doing is unfair when you do the same thing to Native Americans.
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When the first people sailed over here we could have killed every man, woman, and child. We did, however, act humane and give you food, shelter and clothing during the cold winters. Since then we have done things to try to coexist in America. We gave you land to farm and hunt on, but you keep wanting more and more. We showed you how to hunt the animals in the New World, and we showed you how to use the furs for clothing. We showed you new healing remedies and medicinal herbs. We showed you trails through the woods and where to find gold. We did not mind when white people came and lived in America, too. What did we receive in return for all our gratitude? All we ever got was a broken land.
After all the efforts we have made to live together in America, we have found it to be impossible. You have made little effort to learn our languages and help us learn your ways of living. You think that we are unintelligent and incorrigible. In the treaties, we most recently signed we are still referred to as ‘Indians’ instead of ‘Native Americans.’ The fairest choice would be for us to divide the land and keep a permanent boundary.
The Native Americans will first have to trust the white men before making any agreements. The more likely option is for all the Native Americans to declare war on the white men. Each one of us would be willing to fight to the death in hopes to defeat the Europeans once and for all. We have tried to avoid this but you have already destroyed the lives of millions of Native Americans and this cannot continue.
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