8 Big Lies History Books Tell About Natives

Vincent Schilling

History books written by non-Natives don't share the truth when it comes to Natives.

Do history books written by white folks tell the truth about Natives? We think not. Here are just some of the lies they tell.

Columbus NEVER landed in the Upper 48—Ever

Every year across the country’s countless elementary school students recite: “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” and many perform a play about him discovering Indians in America. The thing is Columbus never landed in what would become the United States, he actually landed in the Caribbean.

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Basically Everything About Pocahontas

Pocahontas was about 8 years old when John Smith arrived, and was later married to another young Indian warrior. She also had a child that was given away before she married John Rolfe.

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Sorry Disney, and many incorrectly written textbooks, Pocahontas never fell in love with John Smith. According to tribal oral histories as well as The True Story of Pocahontas by members of the Mattaponi Tribe, Pocahontas’ original young Native husband was killed and Pocahontas’ newborn was given to relatives before she was forced into captivity at about 15 or 16 years of age.

The First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was named after an entire tribe’s massacre—not a peaceful meal between pilgrims and Indians.

In 1621, Wampanoag Indians investigated gun and cannon fire at a Pilgrim settlement to see them celebrating a successful harvest. The Indians—all male warriors, were fed as a gesture of peace. The act was not repeated annually.

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In 1636, when a murdered man was discovered in a boat in Plymouth, English Major John Mason collected his soldiers and killed and burned down the wigwams of all the neighboring Pequot Indians who were blamed for the murder.

The following day, Plymouth Governor William Bradford applauded the massacre of the 400 Indians, including the women and children. The Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, William Newell, proclaimed: “From that day forth, shall be a day of celebration and thanks giving for subduing the Pequots.” For the next 100 years, every Thanksgiving Day ordained by a governor was in honor of the bloody victory, thanking God that the battle had been won.

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What is a Redskin?

“It was only five generations ago that a white man could get money for one of my grandfather’s scalps,” wrote 1491’s comedian Dallas Goldtooth on Facebook. “At this time… it was ‘Redskin’ that was used to describe us.”

In his post, Goldtooth also included a newspaper clipping from after the U.S. Dakota Wars of 1862: “The state reward for dead Indians has been increased to $200 for every red-skin sent to Purgatory.”

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Lincoln Ordered a Mass Execution

In the fall of 1862, Native tribes in Minnesota waged war on white settlers out of frustration from starvation, mistreatment and harsh conditions. After soldiers captured over 300 Indians, President Abraham Lincoln approved the largest mass execution in U.S. history on 38 Dakota men. On the day of their hanging, an estimated 4,000 spectators watched them hung. Their bodies were later taken and used as medical cadavers.

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Hitler Studied Reservations

There are many accounts of the Nazis and Hitler studying Indian reservations for guidance in planning encampments for the Jewish. Perhaps Lia Mandelbaum says it best in her article found in the Jewish Journal entitled “Hitler’s Inspiration and Guide: The Native American Holocaust.”

From 1863 to 1868, the U.S. military persecuted and imprisoned 9,500 Navajo (the Diné) and 500 Mescalero Apache (the N’de). Living under armed guards, in holes in the ground, with extremely scarce rations, it is no wonder that more than 3,500 Navajo and Mescalero Apache men, women, and children died while in the concentration camp.

During the film I learned about something that shook me to my core that I had not heard before. I learned that the genocidal mentality and actions of the U.S. policy makers would find similar expression years later when the Nazis, under Hitler, studied the plans of Bosque Redondo to design the concentration camps for Jews.

There Are 567 Federally Recognized Tribes in the U.S.

When I was a student in high school, I learned that George Washington saw Indians in Virginia and possibly heard once or twice about the Cherokee Trail of Tears. But in 18 years of public school (and a few of private Catholic School)—not once did I learn about the multitude of tribes, languages or cultures involved in this country. NOT ONCE.

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Unwritten History of African Americans and Natives

Dr. Arica L. Coleman is the assistant professor of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware. She is African American and Native American (Rappahannock). Due to her ancestry, she has done a lot of thinking about the relations and interactions of blacks, Indians and whites on the East Coast, primarily in Virginia.

According to Coleman, who turned her Ph.D. dissertation into a book titled That the Blood Stay Pure, there was Indian slavery in Virginia.

“The first slaves in the Americas were Native American and this business that the Native Americans died off as a result of disease and war [is inaccurate]—those were not the only reasons for their demise, there was the Indian slave trade, which is something we do not discuss a lot,” she writes.

Coleman also writes about Walter Plecker, a man who once worked as the first registrar of Virginia’s Bureau of Vital Records. A man who literally changed races in Virginia’s birth records. His actions have been coined as “pencil genocide.”

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Similarly, William Loren Katz, the author of Black Indians has written how entire cities of blacks and Indians came together as a strong force against European settlers including huge factions of black Seminoles who created nearly impenetrable forces against those soldiers foolish enough to try and break into Florida, and suffered miserable defeats over several years.

Comments (19)
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Fantastic Article thank you very much.


History is writen by the victors. Also by the victors media which is controlled by jews. Yes Hitler did indeed study the US mistreatment of the tribes but in order to find out HOW TO NOT TREAT THE JEWS. The jews were the vast majprity of communists in the eorld at the time. There was a grand toral of 271,803 dead at all camps combined of which LESS THAN 70,000 were jews....there was no plan of genocide nor is there any proof that that the holohoax even occured.. the jews cried holohoax in 1917 and recieved monetary comp for it. Money which was funneled to europe and used to fund COMMUNISM....the comp from ww2s holohoax is ised to fund isreals land geabbing genocidal tactics. Hitler who had an IQ of 186 was one of the smartest men in the world. All the all-lies leadership had IQs lESS THAN 100....the VAST MAJORITY OF NSDAP OFFICIALS WERE OVER 120.... THERE IS NO PROOF OF THE HOLOHOAX...plus the so called "native" americans stole the lands from PROTO EUROPEANS.


You said white settlers are going to, lie about natives Americans, what about Native American lying about white settlers. See your onesidedness while claiming others are onesided.


I disagree you're just as messed up as European settlers, and sinners and have done just as much evil as we have and your bias. We are all sinners I am tired of this self-righteousness so you lost and it was perhaps fate. So the Lord Yeshua the Messiah died for our sins and rose from the dead to saved us and so we can receive remission for sins and be reconciled to God.

Then I honestly don't believe European settlers were victimizing only and the native Americans were the victims all the time. The Native Americans lost the wars the US government defeated them. I am sick of saying native American what is their language called that is what I will call them.

Then the odd thing is you probably think all Native Americans are the same peoples. If they have a different language group they are not the same people. So if Cherokee language is different from Najavo while Najovo is the same language group as Apache and is not the same a Cherokee they are different peoples. I mean Germanic peoples are not the same as Celts or Gaelic and Brythonic peoples. Like Old Norse is Germanic, Irish is Gaelic different peoples.


Well, I forget that Europeans are mixed up because other tribes conquered each other. Then they just intermarried and created whole new languages from the merging of them. Then to claim that Europeans didn't intermingle with Native peoples is against human nature, I don't mean the sinful kind I mean the whole man falls for woman thing even foreign women. So that both two peoples can't love each other seems like segregation and racism really. Well, it is known that Pochantas was with Rolfe (Hroulfr, HrodUlf (famous(or renown) wolf)). So it can't be that all intermarriages are so-called rapes because I can tell you men go to foreign land and fall for foreign women all the time even if others think it is wrong. Like eastern Cherokees and some Lumbees case in point.

God bless you and sorry if I seem harsh Yeshua did die for us because we are all sinners and no one is better than no one.

naruto tribe
naruto tribe

thats f*** up what they did to us


Also true
Native Americans held slaves, mutilated and tortured there enemies, robbed raped and killed routinely. Also interesting that Native Americans also bought and sold African Slaves
My point is that brutality in the Indian Culture existed well before any white man contacted them. And during the Indian Wars atrocities were committed by both whites and Native Americans

Half pint
Half pint

Story about Indian beening left to die because land was not able grow food. My grandfather left because that with his family. if he did not do that ,I would not have been born. And lie about Indian were paid for there land.


I'm full Cherokee. I don't believe everything I'm reading in this document. I'm thinking that some of this is is not factual. My opinion