As the nation ponders the election of the 45th president later this year, we take time on this President’s Day to consider the previous 44 office holders. Who are regarded as the best and worst U.S. presidents for Native America? What makes someone a good president? Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but he also approved the hanging of 38 Dakota warriors in 1862. Many are calling for the removal of Andrew Jackson’s face of the twenty dollar bill because of Indian Removal. And Richard Nixon ushered in a new era of Native self-determination. Who measures up—in hindsight—as the most and least beneficial president?
Dr. Doug Kiel (Citizen of Oneida Nation of Wisconsin) – assistant professor of American studies at Williams College
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