For most of the article I agreed with Randy Blaser in regards to the opinion piece (“Why do we get red-faced about team names?” Sept. 26). I agreed with Blaser until the paragraph which stated that a whole lot of extermination happened to the Native Americans before President Grant’s policy stopped it. That statement is patently false.
Extermination of the native American population was never a government policy nor was it practiced on a territorial level. The number one cause of death to the Native American was by disease from explorers before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Spaniards and early fur traders, who were immune to the diseases that wiped out whole tribes, helped spread small pox, varieties of our common cold and flu throughout North America. Never being exposed to these germs, the Native Americans did not stand a chance.
Blaser would be best off on first checking his facts before throwing out a statement such as he did, because all it does is perpetuate the lies about what happened to the Native Americans. But if you are wondering what happened to the majority of the Native Americans all you have to do is look at what happened to the Greeks, Scotch, Irish, Germans, and all the other nationalities that came to America. They assimilated. To prove this, just look at the numbers of Americans who claim to have Native American blood.