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U.S. Congressman John Woods writes to Finley once more expressing his feelings about the plight of the Indians. He believes that treaties made heretofore with Indian tribes have been a "disgrace to the nation" because the tribes are not independent nations. Negotiations with a dependent group are inherently unfair due to the disparity in power. Instead of negotiating for removal, the government ought to continue aiding missionary establishments. The only plan for civilizing the Indians is "by teaching them to plow & sow & reap & weave & spin at the same time that we enlighten their minds." Abstract Number - 767
Wyandot Mission Letters; Indian Removal; Indian Treaties; Acculturation
Woods, John, "Letter from John Woods to James B. Finley" (1827). Finley Letters. 1273.