45 and Counting: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Warren Harding

In anticipation of the 2020 election, Voices will be highlighting a 2016 series published by Indian Country Today which provides an overview of how each president has played a role in policies that affect the legacy of Indigenous peoples after the advent of colonization. This series, written by journalist Alysa Landry, paints a picture of how we have arrived at the present moment under these leaders.

Read part 1, part 2, and part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 6.This week’s installment features Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Warren Harding.

Theodore Roosevelt: “The Only Good Indians are Dead Indians”

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William Howard Taft: Let Deragotory Wild West Movies Slide

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Woodrow Wilson: “The Great White Father Now Calls You His Brothers”

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Warren Harding: Wanted Assimilation By Way of Citizenship

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Editor’s note:  A new installment of “45 and Counting” will be published every Tuesday from August 11th until Tuesday November 3. 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6