The American government gave many reasons for the Native Americans to be afraid of violence from non-natives. There was the Battle of Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee that shook the Native American community. The Battle of Little Bighorn was caused by greed of the Americans. Gold was discovered on our lands and after the American army invaded the Sioux and Cheyenne, their chiefs ran to Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. A troop of 600 men led by George Armstrong Custer entered the Little Bighorn Valley. Luckily, the Indian warriors of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse outnumbered Custer, winning the battle. Wounded knee began with a large army rounding up all of the Indians and forcing them to give up their weapons. About 4,000 Indians were in this big camp. A recollection of Wounded Knee from Flying Hawk explained the Indians were “hungry and weak and they suffered from a lack of clothing and furs because the whites had driven away all the game” and treated them like they were “tormenting a wolf with one foot in a strong trap.” The Indians were helpless. A sudden fire of a gun was what started the horror. A total of two hundred and twenty men, women, and children were killed by open fire of machine guns. The soldiers did not care if the people they killed were innocent or not, they were ruthless.
One of the major differences between the culture of white European and Native American culture is how land ownership is perceived. Native Americans believed the land to be owned by the tribal community. The Native Americans thought of the land as being a part of them or closely linked because they lived off of it and everything around. They also believed land should be shared in a small community that every member puts in work. White Americans thought land was to be owned individually, not as a community. The Dawes Act is a great representation of what the Whites believed about land ownership. This act was created to offer land to Native Americans but in order for them to have that land, they had to leave their tribe and own the piece of land individually. The one and only fact that may make land ownership between Indians and Americans is that both made some sort of territorial border to keep enemies or other communities away.