Dear Mr. President,
Being Native Americans living in the United States as free citizens, my people and I believe we have the right to express our feelings about the manifest destiny and the horrid consequences that affected many different Native American tribes throughout history. I’ve thoroughly researched many things on the manifest destiny, and I feel that the Native Americans were grievously wronged and discriminated against because of John O’Sullivans claim of manifest destiny. None but the white men were entitled to any rights, especially owning land. My people were wronged because of one man’s view of what was right for the country and the white race. The manifest destiny was used to strip the Native Americans of their rights, their homes, and everything they called their own because of one man’s word. Because of this, our old, young and everything in between were massacred in historic events such as the Trail of Tears. 17,000 of my own people were pushed and prodded out of our land into unwanted territories by the US Military. Almost 4,000 men, women and children died of heat exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition. I question the reason that there were so many territorial issues throughout history every day of my life. Was it the color of our skin? One man changed the course of our countries view with one phrase that was believed to be appointed by God, so why did we get no chance to defend our land and our pride? All men were created equal under god, so my people and I feel that we should be able to speak our part and get the respect that we deserve that was never given to our ancestors. I feel that reparations should be made to our people, within certain limits of course. We should be allowed ownership of our historic land and territories, and my people certainly deserve an apology. Yes we live in a more structured civilization, but our history is still very vital to all Native Americans. We may all be treated equally nowadays, but that still...
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