Sand Creek The Morning After Analysis

918 Words 4 Pages
Sand Creek The Morning After In Annette Jaimes, “Sand Creek The Morning After” she first starts by giving a background to the atrocities done to the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho in late 1864 after stating they were at peace. This group of people, after being having countless lives taken, were driven out of their Colorado. She moves forward two decades where the American Indian community celebrate the renaming of Nichols Hall and honoring those who were slaughtered at Sand Creek. As the new plaque was unveiled it brought with it the truths behind the conquest of Native America. The center of focus in this dilemma is David Nichols the man who was revered as a successful man who prevailed in battle at Sand Creek. He had been described as an …show more content…
This not only gave justification to his actions but was elevated by calling it a battle. In essence, this act was comparable to numerous atrocities done in the past, and can be drawn from near indistinguishable reasons. In this transition by Annette Jaimes she begins to quote scholar Ward Churchill who clearly compares the deeds done by Nichols to that of Hitler. The both defined their enemy through racial terms and validated their cause through vague concepts such as progress, but in this case it was seen as manifest destiny. This was not to say these men have not done well in their life, but it does not mean that the injustices done would be wiped away. The key difference between the two men, or in a larger scale the two countries, is that the United States succeeded. Annette then points out that this evil that Nichols has …show more content…
It is seen that the prosperity of their people would be the hardship of the U.S. elite. This assumption has reigned true as their culture has been suppressed to the point that their youth grow up believing this is an inevitability. This however she believes can be overturned through a fundamental change in the consciousness concerning the American Indian experience. For this to take place there has to be a realization that we face American Nazism and then realize the only way to reverse this process would be through the liberation of Native North America, the first

Related Documents