The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 129
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The Indian Policy of the Republic of Texas
had come for retaliation, he urged. "Not in the murder of their
women and children, but in the prosecution of an exterminating
war upon their warriors; which will admit of no compromise and
have no termination except in their total extinction or total expul-
sion." He did not believe that either the native or immigrant In-
dians had a just cause for complaint. The indigenous tribes had
without just cause committed horrible depredations on the settlers;
the immigrant tribes came into the country "as intruders, were posi-
tively forbid to make any permanent abidence, and have continued
in the country up to the present period against the public wish,
and at the sacrifice of the public tranquility." He said, that if the
Mexican authorities of the state of Coahuila and Texas had made
any promises of land to these Indians, it was for the purpose of
inducing them to make war on the American settlers, so that these
promises could not be considered as "moral obligations" by the
present government. Concerning the Cherokee Treaty made in
consequence of the pledge of the Consultation, he held that it
was never ratified by any competent authority, and that even if
it had been ratified the government was "wholly absolved from
performance of its conditions by the notorious and habitual vio-
lation of its principal stipulations by the Indians." However, in
case the government should decide to carry out the treaty and
grant the lands to the Cherokees and their associate bands, then
in return the Indians should be required "to render full allegiance
to the government of Texas to respect and obey its laws, and to
support and defend its constitution." He urged that they should
not be allowed to remain in Texas under any other conditions,
because not only would "an alien, independent and innately hos-
tile people," be introduced into the Republic, but an absolute gov-
ernment within the confines of an absolute government would be
established. This was the same question which had complicated
the Indian situation in Georgia, and Lamar presented the same
argument which Troup had given and with which President Jack-
son had agreed. In order to improve the state of Indian Affairs
in the Republic, Lamar offered the following suggestions:
 That there be established, as early as practicable, a line
of military posts, competent to the protection of our frontier from
the incursions of the wandering tribes that infest our borders;
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923, periodical, 1923; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101084/m1/135/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.