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Indian Tribes are Conquered Nations.

A review of the more than 300 treaties that the U.S. made with Indian tribes makes it apparent that the U.S. entered into a majority of the treaties motivated by a need for peace. Most Indian treaties were negotiated from a standpoint of strength. The concept of being “conquered” connotes weakness and dependence. Even though the wording used by the U.S. in the treaties may mention “dependence”, it was more a strategy of the U.S. to ensure that Indians allied with the U.S. rather than European colonial governments. Congress abandoned the “conquered” nation’s argument when it appropriated $20,000 for treaties and land purchase from the tribes in 1789.

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