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Happy Presidents Day, now having gotten the formalities out of the way... we have all seen the 4 faces of Mount Rushmore, but we aint ever seen behind Mount Rushmore....

Now for a look behind the faces.....

George Washington said, in 1783, the Indians, after all, were little different than wolves, both being beasts of prey, tho they differ in shape, who deserved nothing from the whites but total ruin.

Thomas Jefferson later would write of the remaining Indians in America that: the government was obliged now to pursue them to extermination, or to drive them to new seats beyond our reach.

Abraham Lincoln In 1862, with much of America consumed by the Civil War, fierce fighting erupted in Minnesota between Dakota Indians and white European settlers. By year's end, hundreds of settlers and Dakotas were dead. Many settlers had fled Minnesota forever, and thousands of Dakotas were in prison or exile. The day after Christmas, on an order signed by Abraham Lincoln, 38 Dakotas were hung. This event is still considered the largest mass execution in American History.

Theodore Roosevelt once happily remarked that: I don't go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn't like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.

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