12 Amazing Facts About Native Americans That You Don’t Know

#10 The Trail of Tears

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This is among the darkest times in U.S. History. The Trail of Tears refers to a massive forced removal of Native Americans from their land in the Southeastern United States. They were forced to walk and ride for days and days to their new homes all across the country, and thousands died of disease, starvation, and attacks along the way.

 

#9 The Story of Tecumseh

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Tecumseh was a Native American leader who wasn’t going to sit idly by while the USA decimated his people. First, he opposed them in Tecumseh’s War and then in the War of 1812, the became an ally of the British. He is considered a hero among Native American and Canadian people for helping stop the USA from occupying even more land.

 

#8 Wounded Knee

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This massacre took place on an Indian reservation in 1890 near Wounded Knee Creek. Soldiers went there to disarm the Lakota, but a small disagreement led to an unnecessary show of force by the military which led to around 300 deaths. The U.S. Government took a whopping 100 years to apologize for this massacre.

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