Throughout our readings we have discovered that crime on Native reservations is a serious issues haunting Natives. One particular case that highlights the injust circumstances Natives must live in is the murder of Anna Brown. Anna Brown was a Osage Native American. He body was found decomposed in May 1921 with a bullet hole in the back of her head. Furthermore, her mother, cousin, brother-in-law, and sister were all killed over the next 2 years. 76 years later justice was served an a man named William Hale, but why would a white man do such a thing to a Native? During this time oil was found on the Osage Indian Reservation and Hale’s greed led him to take action. If Hale could kill Anna, her mother, then her two sisters in order all of the head rights would be passed to his nephew that was married to Anna. Hale also threatened and paid off the Indians in the reservation not to talk which is why the case took 76 years to finally convict him of the murders.
Above: Anna Brown
Such actions by Hale goes to show the state of Natives and especially ones living on reservations. In this case the Indians were seen as a financial opportunity, rather than people. Also, the financial state of the Indians on the reservation led them to accept bribes for their safety from an overpowering white man, and to survive financially.
Above: William Hale
In our readings we constantly see the affects whites have on the Natives, and how they are treated as animals, even though this was their home first. Alcohol usually plays a huge part in unjust trades and deals for white individuals to gain from the Indians, but in this case it was the overpowering force of Hale that forced the Indians to fold. Ever since Natives were colonized by Europeans their ability to live just lives has been threatened. William Hales murder for self wealth is just one of many examples that Natives must deal with, even 200 years after Europeans initial colonization.
Above: William Hale