Native America Calling
Thu November 29, 2012
President Lincoln In Indian Country
Fri. 11/30 11a: Steven Spielberg's new film “Lincoln” is in theaters now and focuses on the famous president’s fight to end slavery.
Abraham Lincoln consistently ranks as one of the top three presidents in American history, if not number one but, what about his record in Indian Country? According to numerous reputable historians, under Lincoln's presidency the largest mass execution in American history occurred, when 38 Dakota warriors were hanged in Minnesota in 1862.
However, only a few years after the mass execution, Lincoln recognized Pueblo peoples’ independence in New Mexico with symbolic canes. Lincoln's legacy and impact on America has been studied, interpreted and reinterpreted since his assassination but, what about his legacy in Indian Country that has folks still talking?