THE INDIANS REFUSE TO VANISH
Not long before the Civil War a young cadet wrote an essay for his ethics class at West Point in which be lamented the coming death of what he called "a noble race," the Native Americans. The Indians were a vanishing race, he wrote, and he eulogized their death with sorrow and compassion.
That young cadet was George Armstrong Custer. He was wrong. It was he, not the Indians, who soon would vanish.
-- Stan Steiner ( 1987)