Chief Seattle

Chief Seattle was born around 1786 in what is today; Washington. He was born a part of the Suquamish tribe. As he grew older, Chief Seattle made a good relationship with may people among his tribe. He proved himself a worthy warrior by attacking different tribes with even the adult warriors! When he was a teenager, he was already six feet tall. He captured and owned many slaves. When he became an adult, he got married and had seven kids. When the settlers came, he got pushed off his land. This made him rebel against the U.S. government. Chief Seattle made many preachings to his people, and not only his people but his words spread to the entire Native American nation. These words talked about how they should love their land, and how settlers couldn't just take over the land that the Natives had been living on for over 14,000 years. He prevented the government from putting the Native Americans on reservations for a while. Also, he enabled the Native Americans to continue their original way of life for a bit longer.

This is a part of one of Chief Seattle's speeches that was used to persuade the Native American nation to rebel against the U.S. Government, and to never give up for what they were fighting for...

"Yonder sky that has wept tears of compassion upon my people for centuries untold, and which to us appears changeless and eternal, may change. Today is fair. Tomorrow it may be overcast with clouds. My words are like the stars that never change. Whatever Seattle says, the great chief at Washington can rely upon with as much certainty as he can upon the return of the sun or the seasons. The white chief says that Big Chief at Washington sends us greetings of friendship and goodwill. This is kind of him for we know he has little need of our friendship in return. His people are many. They are like the grass that covers vast prairies. My people are few. They resemble the scattering trees of a storm-swept plain. The great, and I presume -- good, White Chief sends us word that he wishes to buy our land but is willing to allow us enough to live comfortably. This indeed appears just, even generous, for the Red Man no longer has rights that he need respect, and the offer may be wise, also, as we are no longer in need of an extensive country.
external image space.gifThere was a time when our people covered the land as the waves of a wind-ruffled sea cover its shell-paved floor, but that time long since passed away with the greatness of tribes that are now but a mournful memory. I will not dwell on, nor mourn over, our untimely decay, nor reproach my paleface brothers with hastening it, as we too may have been somewhat to blame."

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