Chief Joseph Quote

In the treaty councils the commissioners have claimed that our country had been sold to the Government. Suppose a white man should come to me and say, "Joseph, I like your horses, and I want to buy them." I say to him, "No, my horses suit me, I will not sell them." Then he goes to my neighbor, and says to him: "Joseph has some good horses. I want to buy them, but he refuses to sell." My neighbor answers, "Pay me the money, and I will sell you Joseph's horses." The white man returns to me and says, "Joseph, I have bought your horses, and you must let me have them." If we sold our lands to the Government, this is the way they were bought.


Arguing against the right of the US Government to force his people to leave their lands (1876)

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In the treaty councils the commissioners have claimed that our country had been sold to the Government. Suppose a white man should come to me and...

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In the treaty councils the commissioners have claimed that our country had been sold to the Government. Suppose a white man should come to me and...

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In the treaty councils the commissioners have claimed that our country had been sold to the Government. Suppose a white man should come to me and...

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In the treaty councils the commissioners have claimed that our country had been sold to the Government. Suppose a white man should come to me and...