8 Indigenous moments for President's Day
February 16, 2021
President’s Day is a funny holiday. Its roots celebrate two presidents — George Washington and Abraham Lincoln — who have, well, complicated histories.
Washington, it could be said, was the first president to recognize the treaty process itself. In a message to Congress Washington wrote: “The general Government only has the power, to treat with the Indian Nations, and any treaty formed and held without its authority will not be binding.”
Washington even directly negotiated treaties, including the 1790 Treaty of New York between the U.S. and Muscogee Nations, some of which was treated with the Muscogee delegates over dinner at his home in New York City, then the U.S. Capitol.