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Re: ‘ . . Every schoolboy knows who imprisoned Montezuma, and who strangled Atahualpa . . ’


Justice Stanley Reed, speaking for the US Supreme Court in 1955 justified taking Native land thru outright theft and murder:

“Every American schoolboy knows that the savage tribes of this continent were deprived of their ancestral ranges by force and that, even when the Indians ceded millions of acres by treaty in return for blankets, food and trinkets, it was not a sale but the conqueror’s will that deprived them of their land.”

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