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Tecumseh (1768-1813), Shawnee chief

Where today are the Pequot?  Where are the Narragansett, the Mohican, the Pokanoket, and many other tribes of our people?  The have vanished before the avarice and the oppression of the White man, as snow before a summer sun.

Will we let ourselves be destroyed in our turn without a struggle, give up our homes, our country bequeathed to us by the Great Spirit, the graves of our dead and everything that is dear and sacred to us?

I know you will cry with me, ‘Never!  Never!’