I had learned about this happening in Canada and was disgusted but did not know the history in the United States. I am sadden and disgusted by all the discrimination and racist policies, but the Native American stories of heartbreak always gut me just slightly more. Perhaps because I grew up with exposure to Native American Cultures living in the Southwest. Visited museums, attended art fairs and pow wows. My Grandmother, mom and aunts have adorned their homes in Native American Art, bought jewelery and celebrated this unique and diverse culture, so different from my own, but also resonating with me on a deep level. Not once do the museums cover what white people did to them. I do not recall the ugly part being discussed growing up. To take such beautiful beliefs practices and try to wipe it out tears me. I want to believe that these white men were unable to critically think about what they were doing and relied on subconscious beliefs and bias's to guide them. I want to believe they did not consciously know how incredibly wrong they were. Probably because I am white and want to believe that when not offered a different perspective I would have thought how wrong this was and would have stopped it. I am not sure I can say that i would have and that hurts. Makes me wonder what I side I would have been on if living in a different time period and being fed only a certain side. Its scary and sad and evident how racism, bias, etc could go unchecked for so long.