- Politics and Social Issues
Recovering Justice For The American Indian, And Our Nation
I have a deep and abiding love for music and song, and one particular song I've loved, both the music and the subject matter. I I heard a story in the song and it was intriguing.
The song spoke of some history that had taken place in the Florida everglades and spoke of the ghost of a man named "Osceola" who seemingly had been treated very unjustly, for he was weeping. I did some research and found that Osceola was a Seminole Indian chief who had fought for his people in the Seminole's wars with our government, and was later arrested and died in prison. As I began to dig, a story began to unfold about the plight of the Native American Seminole tribe, and the wars which were waged by the military which resulted in their being removed from their homeland and placed on a reservation. It has turned out that my interest in this song has opened up some new and deep introspection on the injustice done to the earliest Americans, the Indian nations.
"OSCEOLA": (born c. 1804, Georgia, U.S. — died Jan. 30, 1838, Charleston, S.C.) Seminole Indian leader during the Second Seminole War. Osceola was arrested and removed to a military fort at Charleston, S.C., where he died.
Another story related to this subject is the one concerning the true historical account of "The Trail OF Tears" This story involved Cherokees, Comanches and a few other tribes of Indians who were forcibly removed from their homelands and removed to reservations in the south. This forced evacuation reportably freed up 25 million acres of land.
This subject has been of interest to me for many years. I have often pondered on the tales from our history of the wars between our government and the Native Indian over land rights. It is a sad story, and a bloody one. These were people who were essentially robbed of all the homelands which had been the only home and life they had known for centuries. In my early years I loved to go to the movies on Saturdays, and as I remember, most cowboy and Indian movies portrayed the Native Indians as barbaric savages who hated and murdered white settlers. As I grew up I learned that there was much more to learn about the history of the American Indian than I had seen in the movies as a child. I began to do a lot of reading and studying on the subject. I developed a love for the culture and found they are mostly gentle peace loving people. A nation of people who love their families and want to do all they know how to protect them. It's like in all cultures, with some fruitful and honorable citizens, some brave heroes and some rotten apples with reputations which give the gentle ones a bad name. Many major movies and books have made famous this period of history and no doubt have taken great liberty with the facts. I learned that a lot of the great chiefs as Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull and others were actually brave heroes who were treated very unjustly by our military. Some of the tales are really sad to study on. At any rate, while the facts prove that there were heroes and villains on both sides, I don't think any one can deny that there were truly gross injustices done to the Natives.
The sad part I have seen in reviewing some of these accounts is that a few good and just leaders made some good and fair decisions for the good of the Indians, but a few corrupt but powerful leaders who came after them failed to follow through. In modern times, I do believe there have been very serious and honorable attempts by government to repent and right some of the wrongs. Much prayer has gone up to God for mercies and justice, and in some areas restoration and healing of these old wounds from past history is in process. Justice is unfolding and changes are in process which will work to improve the life of our Native American pioneers. This is a matter that is still close to the heart of God.
History speaks from a song, and justice is called for through the scriptures.
And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
In conclusion...in the present time there is a great move of revival and restoration in the first nations tribes through the ministry of the body of Jesus Christ in the earth..He loves the people who settled our lands.