...their wars, treaties, habitations, crafts, comforts, all belong to the very lowest ages of human existence
...backward in civilisation like beasts
...too full of smoke ... inconceivably filthy
...sitting around the doors of their lodges at the height of the planting season
...squalid and conceited, proud and worthless, lazy and lousy. These people must die out,... God has given this earth to those who will subdue and cultivate it.
subdue the earth, and they wanted to make money from it
wholly unfit for cultivationbut when they found this not to be true, they took the land for themselves
community spiritwas incomprehensible to white Americans, whose government was based on laws and compulsion
depriving a man of his horse could mean life itself on the Plains.
...the Indians have no religion, only ignorant superstition.
a total lack of courage.
The first impulse of the Indian,wrote Colonel Dodge,
...is to scuttle away as fast as his legs will carry him ... there is one example of a fair stand-up fight.