The American Indian Genocide Museum has a vision to defeat prejudice
and discrimination through education. In the beginning of American
History a religious leader who claimed to speak for God gave all the
lands west of the Azores and Cape Verde Islands to the King of Spain,
if it wasn't already in the possession of some other Catholic King. This
decree issued by Pope Alexander Vl, effective from Christmas Day
1492 , is on display at the General Archive of the Indies in Seville,
The bigotry and intolerance this decree created for Native Americans
was realized when upon seeing the Tarawa Indians of the Bahamas,
Columbus wrote, "They would make fine servants. With fifty men we
could subjugate them and make them do whatever we want".
The problem with dehumanizing people in order to take their land is,
that the next step is to take their lives also. Genocide in the Americas is
not an easy subject to address- not for any American.