Colored Troops

Native First People Americans, have been fighting in this countries wars on our government side for many years.

However in our Civil War, Native Americans received the label

“Colored Troops”

So my question is,

“what color are we”

Embarrassed smile

In each of our government wars, from the revolutionary war April 19,1775 to the end of the Vietnam conflict (war) April 30, 1975, our people have been treated as

‘Colored Troops’?

I am now wondering,

“What color was we and what color are we now”

Disappointed smile

Back then we were Colored troop people and put into special troops known to every military personal as ‘grunt Troops’, troops that do the jobs that no one else wants to do.

The government made treaties and promises with our ‘Colored troop’ ancestors, then ignored each and every one of them.

It. (the government) took our women, then sent our children to boarding schools or used them as slave labor to rich Euro/American companies.

Now since 1975, we are another ‘Color’?

Now that this government has been getting pressure from our people, other countries and from within the government, we are now ‘White’ or is it some type of

‘Off White’?

Oh the shame.

Crying face

However, this allows the government to hand-pick its choice as to just who it wants to be

‘Colored people Indians”?

I guess that the people on this countries Reservations are the ‘Colored Troops’ and

the people who did not knuckle under to the pressure of forced encampment are the ‘Off White’?

Well now I am so confused, what color are the offspring’s of the ‘Color Troops’ and the ‘Off White’ First People?

What do we do with the ‘Off White People, like my people, that helped this government in each of the past wars?

Maybe my ancestors are ‘Off White Color Troops’

Sick smile

And why in the world are we still holding anniversary’s of such an embarrassing

time in this countries past, long past? 150 years!

This is the article I am referring to?

Native Americans often left out of Civil War discussion

By Carlos Rosales/reporter

The Civil War has reached its 150th anniversary, yet Native Americans are not the first thought when someone mentions the Union or the Confederacy, a SE history instructor said March 19.

In Divided Nations: Native Americans and the Civil War, Kallie Kosc explained how Eastern and Western Native tribes were affected by the split of the North and South.

“Often, Native Americans are not what comes to mind when you think of the Civil War,” she said.

Depending on where people are from, the Civil War is about many things: slavery, states’ rights and equality, Kosc said. But she said it is surprising people don’t talk about the tribes involved in the war.

“But we’re talking a thousand Native Americans who enlisted and served in the Union and Confederate armies,” she said.

Despite enlisting, Native Americans received the label “colored troops” to be distinguished from the rest. Kosc said they also had fewer rights after the war ended.

Kosc shared illustrations about the “The Great Sioux Uprising,” explaining the role of Little Crow, chief of the Dakota Sioux people, in negotiating the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux.

“A lot of the promises that were made to the Dakota Sioux were not kept,” she said.

Exchanges of money and goods were promised, but money and other compensations never arrived, Kosc said.

The United States is not perfect, and it is a work in progress, Kosc said.

“We are still not there,” she said. “We are always trying to get better.”

Kosc said everyone needs to recognize diversity.

“Indigenous people are a part of us,” she said. “They are a part of America.”

http://collegian.tccd.edu/?p=19918

Please let me know if anyone has an answer to this very confusing article? 🙂

12 thoughts on “Colored Troops

    • Brenda
      Guess that you do not live it the south? It is not really the color so much as the lazy, greedy, sex pigs, wanting slaves to do their bidding again? Only I am writing this because I am still writing to help my friends understand that, for every person that this government placed on reservations as good Indians? There was 15 true traditional Native American elders dumped aside because none would sign away their homes!

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