Quote from General Philip H. Sheridan
After your visit to PPHM using the Lesson Plan, Red River War: Expansion & Extinction, ask you students to go on-line and find the full quote made by General Sheridan and write it down (this quote is mentioned in the Introduction to the Lesson Plan).
Have a discussion about the pros and cons of General Sheridan’s words. The class could have a debate.
“These men [the buffalo hunters] have done more to settle the vexed Indian question than the entire regular army has done in the last thirty years. They are destroying the Indians’ commissary. Send them powder and lead it you will, but for the sake of a lasting peace let them kill, skin and sell until the buffalo are exterminated. Then your prairies can be covered with speckled cattle and the festive cowboy who follows the hunter as the second forerunner of an advanced civilization.” General Philip H. Sheridan