The White Man's Abuse On The Lands



Question: Does the white man attempt to care for or respect the earth?
Claim: Indians share common thoughts on different aspects of the earth on
how the white man does not care for or respect it.
From the beginning of time, we have been in confrontation with the
American Indians. In most of the confrontations the white man is to blame.
From the beginning we have been trying to take advantage of the Indians in
many different ways. Most obviously it has been in the aspect of taking
advantage of there land and not respecting the earth. The following three
exerts, Chief Seattle's speech, Sitting Bull's speech and the passage of
Land of the Spotted Eagle, pertain to the fact that we do not ...

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that he is very different from that of the White Man. He
makes many analogies towards that of the spiritual importance of the burial
grounds and the worshipping grounds towards the after life. "To us the
ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed
ground." And he also says, "Your dead cease to love you and the land of
their nativity as soon as they pass the portals of the tomb and wander way
beyond the stars."
In the speech of Sitting Bull, he speaks of the abuse of the land
by the White Man but on a different level then that of Chief Seattle. He
says that the Earth is not ours, not theirs, not anybody's to own. He
cannot understand the concept of having someone own land. His belief and
understanding is that the Earth owns us. We are part of the earth, and the
earth cannot be owned, we are just simply here to use its resources and
return it to the way that it was before we used it. He relates the actions
of us to the earth's natural disasters of ...

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