RCC Honors History Project

Henry Clay defense of rights of Indians

Posted by steel13 on November 2, 2009



The United States stand charged with the fate of these poor children of the woods in the
face of their common Maker, and in presence of the world. And, as certain as the
guardian is answerable for the education of his infant ward, and the management of his
estate, will they be responsible here and hereafter, for the manner in which they shall
perform the duties of the high trust which is committed to their hands, by the force of
circumstances. Hitherto, since the United States became an independent power among
the nations of the earth, they have generally treated the Indians with justice, and
performed towards them all the offices of humanity. Their policy, in this respect, was
vindicated during the negotiations at Ghent, and the principles which guided them in their
relations with the Indians, were then promulgated to all Christendom. On that occasion,
their representatives, holding up their conduct in advantageous contrast with that of Great
Britain, and the other powers of Europe, said: “ . . . . the Indians residing within the
United States are
so far independent, that they live under their own customs and not




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