45 and Counting: William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James Knox Polk, and Zachary Taylor 

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 here and part 2 here.This week’s installment features William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James Knox Polk, and Zachary Taylor.

William Henry Harrison: Shady Treaty Maker and Indian Land Taker

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John Tyler: Squatting Advocate and White Supremacist

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“No President Less Human”: James Knox Polk

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Zachary Taylor: Hunted Indians with Bloodhounds

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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