Indian Treaties, from Bad Bargains to Sacred Promises

Lecture Description

Indian treaties with the United States are legacies from the past that are very much with us, affecting millions of non-Indian Americans as well as Indians in significant ways. Few subjects illustrate the ironies that are common in history better than Indian treaties. They show us how time often plays tricks on the people who made history — how the descendants of people who had little choice but to accept a disadvantageous treaty can hold that treaty sacred, for example. They show us how a past that is in many ways very foreign to us can do important work in the present.


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