Simon Moya-Smith: Donald Trump brings America back to early days

A marker along the Trail of Tears in Tennessee documents the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation by the United States. Photo: J. Stephen Conn

President Donald Trump looks to be modeling his time in the White House after that of Andrew Jackson, even hanging a portrait of the man who forced tribes out of their homelands in the Oval Office. Simon Moya-Smith, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, isn't surprised by the comparison:
Many of the controversial policies and plans he’s setting into motion have already been executed in this country.

Think about it.

Mr. Trump has vowed to evict millions of undocumented individuals. Brown folks, mostly.

But, of course, this wouldn’t be the first time a sitting U.S. president would forcibly and eagerly evict the indigenous peoples of this continent from their homes.

One of the first of such evictions in this country’s shady history occurred in the 19th century, back in 1830, when president Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, which coercively extirpated thousands of Native Americans from their ancestral homelands.

The brutal act prompted the “Trail of Tears,” a vicious campaign that resulted in a forced westward march of men, women, and children through ice, snow, and freezing temperatures. More than four thousand Native Americans died during that rotten trudge.

Read More on the Story:
Simon Moya-Smith: Right Now, Trump Is Acting More Like the Founding Fathers Than Hitler (Indian Country Today 1/31)

Join the Conversation
Related Stories:
Alex Jacobs: Donald Trump makes good on shock and awe campaign (2/1)
Trump administration quickly approves Dakota Access Pipeline over tribal objections (01/31)
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foe (01/31)
Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choices (01/31)
Tiffany Midge: The new circus is in town and it's headed by Donald Trump (01/31)
President Trump ready to announce choice for vacant Supreme Court seat (01/30)Judge seeks timeline from Trump team on Dakota Access Pipeline (01/30)
Democracy Now: President Trump declares pipeline war on Indian Country (01/30)
Tim Vanderpool: Tohono O'odham Nation wary of border activities (01/30)
Mark Trahant: Indian Country can survive the Donald Trump era (01/30)
Dean Suagee: Include tribal nations in federal conservation fund (01/30)
Raúl Grijalva: Tribes ignored once again as President Trump pushes oil pipelines (01/30)
Harlan McKosato: Indian Health Service is in danger under President Trump (01/30)
Delay in #NoDAPL response points to more changes with President Trump in office (01/27)
Tohono O'odham Nation reaffirms opposition to wall along border (01/26)
Judge calls unexpected hearing after President Trump's Dakota Access push (01/26)
President Trump ignores tribes in executive order on US-Mexico border wall (01/25)
Senate panel reschedules vote on President Trump's Interior and Energy nominees (01/25)
Eryn Wise: People of color cannot feel safe anywhere in America (01/25)
Tribes push back as President Donald Trump revives unwanted pipelines (01/25)
Philip Baker-Shenk: Salvaging Indian Country's forced marriage (01/25)
President Trump signals change in handling of #NoDAPL litigation (01/24)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe: President Trump can't 'steamroll' over treaties (01/24)
Democrats blast President Trump for ignoring Native opposition to pipelines (01/24)
President Trump thumbs nose at Indian Country with action on two pipelines (01/24)
Cronkite News: Indian Country cautious with a Republican in the White House (01/24)
Senate committee postpones vote on Donald Trump's Dakota Access ally (01/24)
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote (01/23)
Mark Trahant: Prepare for tribal budget cuts under President Donald Trump (01/23)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe focuses on Dakota Access battles as President Trump takes office (01/23)
Native Sun News Today Editorial: It's a new era for Indian Country (01/20)
Mark Charles: Decoding Donald Trump's vision to 'Make America Great Again' (01/19)