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Running Head: Early American Indians 1 Leaders of the Early American Indians Name Institutional Affiliation
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EARLY AMERICAN INDIANS 2 Many theories are surrounding the origins of the early American Indians; these theories try to give explanations on where they originated from and their arrival in America. Land bridge theory is one of the most significant scientific methods that give a vivid description of the migration of these Indians into America. There are lists of Indian American leaders who participated in leadership roles and led the American Indians during wars. These leaders include Chief Joseph, Pontiac, Red Cloud, and Tecumseh among others. In this essay, we are going to discuss the life and struggles of two Indian leaders (Pontiac and Chief Joseph). Chief Joseph I was born in Wallowa Valley, currently known as North Western Oregon and named Hin- mah-too-yah-lat-kept Thunder rolling down the mountain but was popularly known as Joseph. My father, Joseph the Elder was one of the first Nez Perce to convert to Christianity and was an active supporter of the tribe’s peace with the whites. However, he denounced United State and even burned his Bible and the American flag after the federal government took around six million acres of their land restricting our people to a small reservation in Idaho. He refused to sign any treaty that made their new reservation boundaries official. After his death in 1871 not only did I inherit his name but also his role in the fight against white settlers settlement on our land. I strongly resisted the white settlers’ efforts to send our small band to the reservation in Idaho and for some time, I seemed to succeed in 1873 when a federal law that ordered the white settlers to evacuate the valley and let his people remain. The federal government in 1877
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