Seful soldiers in the fight against constant Apache raids The successful growth of the the Gila Valley depended in the earliest days on every raids The successful growth of the the Gila Valley depended in the earliest days on every of their presence on the Middle Gila RiverHow were they dealt with as the Europeans flooded into the Gila Valleys Well that is WHAT THIS BOOK DRYLY DOCUMENTS IN FACT THE ONLY this book dryly documents In fact the only I didn t give the book a full five star rating was because it held back too much of the passion and pain that the author s research obviously sparked while compiling the long list of outrageous injustices perpetuated on these people Nevertheless he adeuately inveighs against the repeated betrayals and bureaucratic ineptitude that resulted in the systematic stripping of their supposedly protected right to the Gila River water Many times we see that out of state Congressional members stood p for the Pima s rights while local players like the revered Sen Carl Hayden manipulated the legislation to benefit settlers 1898 upstream These sam. Re on an eual economic footing with their non Indian neighbors This economic vitality did not last however As immigrants settledpstream from the Pima villages they deprived the Indians of the water they needed to sustain their economy DeJong traces federal territorial and state policies that ignored Pima water rights even though some policies appeared to encourage Indian agriculture This is a particularly egregious example of a common story in the West the flagrant local rejection of Supreme Court rulings that protected Indian water rights. I appreciate the authors documentation of a people times and politics oft forgotten He highlights the Pima s who are rarely given just credit times and politics oft forgotten He highlights the Pima s who are rarely given just credit their contributions to the development of territorial Arizona DeJong chronicles how the Gila was indeed stolen it s hard to justify the past Our challenge is to make the future better for ALL men Pima Indians saved countless European travelers from Spanish explorers trappers gold miners Civil war soldiers to straggling settlers Pima people were historically
Generous With Their Abundantwith their abundant and were known throughout the region as the go to people Even their cousins the Tohono O Othom came to them to work for needed food stuff Seeing that they could join the growing economy of the West they readily converted to commercial enterprise and were known to be very savvy in their dealings with Tucson businesses and others who encouraged the interchange of technology and goods Not just agriculturists they were also By 1850 the Pima Indians of central Arizona had developed a strong and sustainable agricultural economy based on irrigation As David H DeJong demonstrates the Pima were an economic force in the mid nineteenth century middle Gila River valley producing food and fiber crops for western military expeditions and immigrants Moreover crops from their fields provided an additional source of food for the Mexican military presidio in Tucson as well as the US mining districts centered near Prescott For a brief period of about three decades the Pima as the US mining districts centered near Prescott For a brief period of about three decades the Pima E settlers were the ones who spitefully turned out nused river water into the desert to deliberately deprive the Indians from their rightful sage needs Over desert to deliberately deprive the Indians from their rightful Lay My Burden Down usage needs Over over we find town developers like Mr Chandler lying and twisting the truth so he and they can make money at the expense of the PimasThis egregious tale ofsing Federal dollars to enrich the pockets and livelihoods of newcomers who would later claim they exemplified the American spirit of individual initiative and that the Indians were supposedly not as industrious as them is something to think about when considering the impoverished nature of so many Native Americans It wasn t always a matter of overt guns and war In this case all it took to subdue and dominate WAS TO TAKE THEIR WATER AWAYI WISH THE BOOK to take their water awayI wish the book brought Vérité (Love at Center Court, usp to contemporary times A ick Google search indicates that maybe possibly some good is being accomplished with current water projects as also related to the author s employmen. With plentiful maps tables and illustrations DeJong demonstrates that maintaining the spreading farms and growing towns of the increasingly white population led Congress and other government agencies to willfully deny Pimas their water rights Had their rights been protected DeJong argues Pimas would have had an economy rivaling the local and national economies of the time Instead of succeeding the Pima were reduced to cycles of poverty their lives destroyed by greed and
Disrespect For The Lawfor the law well as legal decisions made for personal gai.