Cabins in Custer so Dakota

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Was Manifest Destiny/Indian Removal good or bad? Whatever the answer, why?

Whatever the answer may be, why was it good/bad? 3 reasons would be good. (: thank you so much.

Posted by Lyss xoxo
Custer SD

The best way I can answer your question is with examples. Let's say gold was discovered on the land belonging to a group of American farmers, and they were forcibly removed at gun point from their land, so that others, from a different country, could immediately move into their houses, keep their livestock and all their possessions, and begin to mine the gold. The farmers and their families, many of them barefoot and not allowed to even put on their coats, were marched during winter for over 2,000 miles and the survivors were dropped off on a strip of barren land with nothing and told to farm. Suppose about 4,000 Americans died on the way, and the people along the way cried when they saw their condition. That in short is what happened to the Cherokees. They were farmers, were literate, had their own written language, schools, and newspaper. They lived in log cabins, farmed and owned livestock and pets, some also owned plantations.

"A Georgia soldier who took part in the removal wrote, "I fought through the War Between the States and have seen many men shot, but the Cherokee Removal was the cruelest work I ever knew."

"Native Americans have a long history in the Black Hills. When gold was discovered in 1874, a gold rush swept the area prompting the US government to re-assign the local Native Americans to other reservations in western South Dakota.

After the public discovery of gold in the 1870s, the conflict over control of the region sparked the last major Indian War on the Great Plains, the Black Hills War. The 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie had previously confirmed the Lakota (Teton Sioux) ownership of the mountain range.

Following the defeat of the Lakota and their Cheyenne and Arapaho allies in 1876, the United States took control of the region from the Lakota in violation of the Treaty of Fort Laramie. The Lakota never accepted the validity of this purchase, and the area remains under dispute to this day."

In 1876 Custer led his ill fated attack at the Little Big Horn.

Here is one more example. The Nez Perce lived in Idaho and Washington, and had been friendly with the European immigrants since they sold horses to Lewis and Clark. Inexplicably they were put on a reservation, but, you guessed it, gold was discovered on their reservation. The treaty they had been forced to sign was ignored and they were told to move onto a reservation 1/10th the size of the one they already lived on. Chief Joseph tore up his American flag and bible and began a trek to Canada with his band, hoping to get help from the Crow Indians.

"What followed was one of the most brilliant military retreats in American history. Even the unsympathetic General William Tecumseh Sherman could not help but be impressed with the 1,400 mile march, stating that "the Indians throughout displayed a courage and skill that elicited universal praise… [they] fought with almost scientific skill, using advance and rear guards, skirmish lines, and field fortifications." In over three months, the band of about 700, fewer than 200 of whom were warriors, fought 2,000 U.S. Soldiers and Indian auxiliaries in four major battles and numerous skirmishes."

They stopped to rest about 40 miles from Canada and were surrounded, about 200 died. Joseph summed it all up pretty well when he said:

"Suppose a white man should come to me and say, "Joseph, I like your horses. I want to buy them."

I say to him, "No, my horses suit me; I will not sell them."

Then he goes to my neighbor and says, "Pay me money, and I will sell you Joseph’s horses."

The white man returns to me and says, "Joseph, I have bought your horses and you must let me have them."

If we sold our lands to the government, this is the way they bought them.

I am not a child, I think for myself. No man can think for me.

If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace. Treat all men alike. Give them a chance to live and grow."

His horses were taken from him and he was never allowed to go home.

Any good camping places recommended?

So this summer my friends and I want to go on a road trip. We are 17/18 and it's the summer before senior year so we want to do something fun. We live in Nashville TN and are looking for a area with water and UNKNOWN. I don't want anyone to be there I don't want it to be touristy or I really don't want it to be a campground where you pay etc. We will be using tents and have very limited money and we seriously don't want to stay in a cabin or anything like that. Preferably no more than 6 hours away from us. Like I said unknown, very naturey, and have a place to set up a tent. Anyone know anywhere??? It can be a beach or lake or river we don't care. Also there will be probably like 5 or 6 of us! Thanks!

Posted by Cara
Custer SD

You can camp for free within any US forest service land or BLM(bureau of land management) land. You can look up maps for where this land is and there will be small signs along the border fences. There are rules such as you can't camp within 100ft of a road and some places won't let you have a camp fire, but you can get around that. Most land on the east coast is privately owned, so finding government land is essential. Some state parks allow it, but most are very crowded. Most likely it'll be in the smoky's or the apalachian mountains. Like I have said, you need to check the maps to see where the forest service land is. I'm not going to sugar coat it, but you may not find anywhere on the east coast where you could be alone even in the woods short of northern Maine, which is out of your six hour area. Most likely you would be run out of any place that you might think you could camp. Spots where you could camp would not be improved at all and you would have to walk into them carrying your gear. If one of you has a high clearance vehicle, you could try some of the forest service roads, but most aren't maintained at all and have large rocks in them or "tank traps"(blocks the road so you can't drive any further.) Public beaches tend to do this too. All that I can say is to really look up the rules concerning where you might like to go. See if anyone else has had a good experience in where you are thinking of. Or if anyone has anything bad to say about the specific place. This will save you a lot of headache when you go. At your age, you are wanting to party like animals, but be aware that every year people do this and get in trouble. Sucks, I know, but that's the way it is. Just keep your buddies in check and you will be fine. I would however recommend western South Dakota in the summer. In the southern part of the Black Hills National forest, you can camp for free just off the forest service roads next to your car as long as you get on the foreset service roads west of Custer or Hill City more than five miles. That being said; You may want to look at National parks and state parks. These will be the only more wild areas that are not private. Never and i repeat Never camp on private ground without permission! Most will call the cops. The ozarks may be another option. You may like the wilds, but your friends may want cell service for their phones, no matter where they are. If you really want that off the grid feel, come west. There are many places that have no cell reception or satalite reception in the northwest. Forget both if you dare to come to Alaska. You should be able to find a place if you scour your maps and figure out the laws in that specific area. Population density maps can help find less people places too. Good luck with your search.


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