Bloomington : Indiana University Press, His diary records the growth of Catholic missions, the widespread violence perpetrated by both settlers and local tribes, and intertribal land grabs between the Crow and Piegan, Assiniboine, or Sioux. John Mason believed that the Plains Indians would have to sacrifice their traditional ways as waves of white settlers entered their historic tribal lands and prospecting accelerated.
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