American Indians in World War I: at home and at war by Thomas A. Britten

By Thomas A. Britten

In the course of global battle I, approximately 10,000 local american citizens both enlisted or have been drafted into the yankee Expeditionary strength. 3 similar questions are tested intensive for the 1st time during this e-book: What have been the battlefield stories of local american citizens? How did racial and cultural stereotypes approximately Indians impact their tasks? Did their wartime contributions result in adjustments in federal Indian coverage or their normal of living?Many American Indians exotic themselves scuffling with at the Western entrance. And compared to black and Mexican American infantrymen, Indians loved close to common admire while in uniform. To have fun their patriotism in the course of and after the struggle, Indians may perhaps even practice numerous conventional ceremonies differently proscribed. either in strive against and of their aid roles at the homefront, together with volunteer contributions by way of Indian girls, local american citizens was hoping their efforts could lead to a extra lively software of democracy. however the Bureau of Indian Affairs persevered to chop future health and teaching programs and to suppress Indian cultures. "This is a prime publication and an important contribution to twentieth-century Indian history."--Professor Donald L. Parman

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Miles did not believe that Indians could be fashioned into well- disciplined "spit and polish" soldiers and preferred that they continue to be enlisted as short-term scouts. Generals John R. Brooke, Wesley Merrit, and John Gibbon, as well as Benjamin H. Grierson, the former commander of the all-black Tenth Cavalry Regiment, all opposed the idea. Only Generals David S. Stanley, T. R. O. Howard favored the scheme. Thus, in the spring of 1890 six of the nine highest-ranking army officers expressed varying degrees of opposition to the plan to enlist Indians as regular soldiers.

Dixon Collection and to the photographs of the various Wanamaker Expeditions. I also wish to thank the faculty and staff at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa. Beth Heck and Sr. Mary Jane Koenigs in the interlibrary loan department were always willing to offer assistance and to go the extra mile to acquire needed materials. Phil Hey, Professor of English, helped edit the manuscript and his expert critiqueboth on form and contentwas most useful. Finally, I extend my gratitude to David Holtby and the editorial staff at the University of New Mexico Press, and to Dr.

In addition, Indian units served the army faithfully and performed a variety of important tasks. Army officials dispatched Troop L, Sixth Cavalry, for example, to Wyoming to help maintain peace during the Johnson County range war; Northern Cheyennes in Troop L, Eighth Cavalry, protected property belonging to the Northern Pacific Railroad Company during periods of labor unrest, and Navajo soldiers assigned to Troop L, Second Cavalry, served as couriers and scouts in campaigns against off-reservation Apaches; Hugh L.

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