We Will Have Our Lands

Whole Indian nations have melted away like snowballs in the sun before the white man's advance. They leave scarcely a name of our people except those wrongly recorded by their destroyers... Finally the whole country, which the Cherokees and their fathers have so long occupied, will be demanded, and the remnant of Ani-Yunwiya, THE REAL PEOPLE, once so great and formidable, will be compelled to seek refuge in some distant wilderness. There they will be permitted to stay only a short while, until they again behold the advancing banners of the same greedy host. Not being able to point out any further retreat for the miserable Cherokees, the extinction of the whole race will be proclaimed. Should we not therefore run all risks, and incur all consequences, rather than submit to further loss of our country? Such treaties may be alright for men who are too old to hunt or fight. As for me, I have my young warriors about me. We will have our lands. A-WANINSKI, I have spoken.

Dragging Canoe (Cherokee)
On Concluding the Transylvania Treaty
Cherokee Country, 1775

Posted by sullivan at June 13, 2005 08:03 AM

Dragging Canoe split with those Cherokees who sold off their lands at a pittance and regrouped with like-minded Cherokees and others into the Chicamaugas band. In April 1779, the same month that Onondaga was burned by the opening phase of Sullivan-Clinton Campaign, Dragging Canoe's villages were burned down by a force of southern rebel militias.

Posted by: sullivan at March 25, 2006 12:41 PM

i am very sorry. i had no idea about washingtons motives. my ancestors were killed at cherry creek. my ancestor was captured by indians there. but his story says that he was , as a young teenager, treated very well , fed and clothed. they , the french and indian, took him on as a kind of errand boy. he spent a year with them , untill the end of the war where he was brought back to his mother.

i alwasy thought of you as the "bad guys" , but no longer. we cannot find out his mother's or his father's name. all records were probably lost or burned at the battle.

cass in texas

Posted by: cassandra nelson jackowski at June 1, 2009 11:10 AM
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