Chief Seathle Read the letter from Chief Seathle to President Franklin Pierce in 1855 with a partner. After reading discuss the following questions for discussion Which parts of Chief Seathle’s letter do you feel are most valid? Which do you feel were the least valid? How do you think the U.S. Government might respond to this letter? Why was conflict inevitable between Native Americans and the United States in the 1800’s? What would have been the most equitable way to resolve the conflict? Name____________________ Date_____ Point- Counterpoint Write a paragraph on how you think the United States government might have responded to Chief Seathle’s statements. Use your knowledge of Manifest Destiny and U.S. land policy in the 1800’s to help formulate your response. "The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.” How would the U.S. government respond to this?