Little Known Facts About Native American History

Origin Of The Word “Redskin”

Dallas Goldtooth, a comedian of Native American decent, posted a photo to his facebook with this quote: “It was only five generations ago that a white man could get money for one of my grandfather’s scalps. At this time… it was ‘Redskin’ that was used to describe us.”

In the post, he also attached a newspaper clipping from 1862 where the exact term “red-skin” was used: “The state reward for dead Indians has been increased to $200 for every red-skin sent to Purgatory.”

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