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These were men who rejected the violence and genocide inherent in the “conquest of the West.” They did so by personally refusing to take part in the murder of peaceful people, while ordering the men under their command to stand down. Their example breaks the conventional frontier narrative that has come to define the clash between Colonial settlers and Native peoples as one of civilization versus savagery.The victims were members of the Arapaho and Cheyenne Tribes.
H/T to Prof. Matthew L.M. Fletcher's Turtle Talk blog for the link.