As Long as the Grass Shall Grow

As Long as the Grass Shall Grow

As Long as the Grass Shall Grow

As Long as the Grass Shall Grow

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When our forefathers made their treaties with the Indians, they sought for language which should convince a people utterly innocent of our legalities that these promises were binding and eternal. Let the Red Children of the Great White Father (as the white men called him) withdraw beyond a certain line, let them live in amity with their white brethren, and they should be left in peace "As long as the rivers shall run and the grass shall grow."

The words were full of meaning to a people living and thinking in terms of simple nature. The chiefs touched the quill pens with which the officials wrote down their names, or made their marks or drew their symbols. They did not always understand what was in the papers. They were sometimes drunk, sometimes bribed, sometimes frightened. They might have just been disastrously defeated in war, or be under the imminent threat of overwhelming military power. But they knew that this craft of writing made words permanent, and that the land which the white man left to them, by those words, was to be theirs in quiet possession forever -- "As long as the grass shall grow."

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