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View Poll Results: Who is the best native american commander
Geronimo 8 12.90%
Crazy Horse 8 12.90%
Tecumseh 21 33.87%
Chief Joseph 6 9.68%
Cochise 1 1.61%
Mangas Coloradas 0 0%
Sitting Bull 5 8.06%
Pontiac 0 0%
Joseph Brant 1 1.61%
Red Cloud 4 6.45%
other 8 12.90%
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Old October 1st, 2012, 12:47 PM   #1

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Best native american leaders


Who do you think deserves the reward of best? It doesn't necessarily have to be based off of their military skill, but their leadership skills in general.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 01:04 PM   #2

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Tecumseh all the way! He's the only cool thing about the war od 1812 (being Canadian, I'm really sick of that war).
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Old October 1st, 2012, 01:11 PM   #3

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I'll toss another name onto your list: John Ross.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 01:13 PM   #4

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I voted Sitting Bull. His leadership abilities amassed a large following of disparate groups after many had already settled on reservations. The large numbers of his camp were probably the principle reason for the sound defeat of Custer's 7th cavalry.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 01:26 PM   #5

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I'll toss another name onto your list: John Ross.
Good call TJ.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 01:27 PM   #6

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I guess they must be from what is or what was to become the US.

So the answer is Po'Pay the Pueblo Native from New Mexico.

Read this - American Journeys Background on Revolt of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Otermn's Attempted Reconquest, 1680-1682 [volume 9--excerpt]

and this Po'pay, A True American Hero Popay

The importance of this was the Spanish gave land grants and recognized the Pueblo Natives rights to these land grants. Pueblo natives even had the right to go to Spanish court to defend their rights. When Mexico tossed Spain out they accepted the Pueblo Natives land grants. When the US tookover Mexico made sure in the treaty that all property rights were protected. Which explains why of all natives in the US, the pueblo natives have managed to hold on to much of there original lands.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 01:33 PM   #7

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I chose Tecumseh. He truly was a born leader, and was able to put together a powerful confederacy. I think his arch-rival, William Henry Harrison, said it best:

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"The implicit obedience and respect which the followers of Tecumseh pay to him is really astonishing and more than any other circumstances bespeaks him as one of those uncommon geniuses, which spring up occasionally to produce revolutions and to overturn the established order of things. If it were not for the vicinity of the United States, he would, perhaps, be the founder of an Empire that would rival in glory Mexico or Peru. No difficulties deter him."

Source: Tecumseh (Tecumtha) ( Tribe : Shawnee ): story, pictures and information - Fold3.com
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Old October 1st, 2012, 03:34 PM   #8

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Tecumseh was most impressive in regards to his ability to unite disparate tribes.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 03:42 PM   #9

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I voted Red Cloud. Author of the only recognized war defeat of the US Army by Native Americans. He was also formidable politically for many years until he could do no more against the lies and broken promises of the wasichu, which undermined his authority with his people.
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I voted Sitting Bull. His leadership abilities amassed a large following of disparate groups after many had already settled on reservations. The large numbers of his camp were probably the principle reason for the sound defeat of Custer's 7th cavalry.
However that isn't such a clear cut result. I'm not doubting Sitting Bull's part in bringing the Sioux together, but it's worth realising that the status of chief among plains indians wasn't as absolute as is often imagined. A chief was less of a ruler than a trusted advisor in a specific field - a tribe could have more than one chief with each of them taking responsibility for different endeavours (though there are cases of single chiefs in charge). Also, a failure could result in a chief being removed - in the case of one non-Sioux chief, his tribe were ambushed and as a result he was cold shouldered and ignored from that moment on. What I'm getting at is that diplomacy is not the same as leadership on the field amiong the Sioux.
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