Lewis Cass to W.H. Crawford, June 6, 1816
|Indians apply for many articles every day for agriculture which Cass can't furnish.|
Cass wants a Sadler, carpenter, cooper, wheelwright, tailor, and armourer to be sent to Detroit for Indian use. They were here before the war and now they're not.
His (and the American Government's goal) is primarily to advance the Indians enough to be useful to themselves without being dangerous to America. He is trying to make the Indians more dependent on agriculture because he plans to be taking their hunting grounds with land purchases. Necessity is all that could ever force them to move. <"I doubt whether the eye of humanity in a survey of the world could discover a race of men more helpless and wretched">. Cass goes on to say that they eat roots for a large portion of the year. He also claims that during the war, they killed and ate their own children - <"at one period of the war the fact is well ascertained that they killed their own children, and it has been stated that they ate them">.
The Wyandots around Detroit have lots of farms, orchards, and good houses. Cass says that with a little adjusting, they will be able to support themselves soon.
In order for this self-sustaining to be possible, we need to help them with the articles and services he mentioned. Cass says that these men should all be employable by less than or equal to the price of an Interpreter and says that this is the most useful cause for the money.
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Project: Intro to the Miami Tribe
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