THE SIGNIFICANCE OF NATIVE IDENTITY
Prior, the “Peace Commission,” by Sherman, Harney, Sanborn, Terry, Taylor, Henderson, Tappan, and Augur, reported on the situation of Indian tribes, noting the follwing:
By civilizing one tribe others would have followed. Indians of different tribes associate with each other on terms of equality; they have not the Bible, but their religion, which we call superstition, teaches them that the Great Spirit made us all. In the difference of language to-day lies two-thirds of our trouble. … Schools should be established, which children should be required to attend; their barbarous dialects should be blotted out and the English language substituted.