You have driven away our game and our means of livelihood out of the country, until now we have nothing left that is valuable except the hills that you ask us to give up…The earth is full of minerals of all kinds, and on the earth the ground is covered with forests of heavy pine, and when we give these up to the Great Father we know that we give up the last thing that is valuable either to us or the white people.

– White Ghost

Sioux chief. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, by Dee Brown. Chapter 12.