It is worth remembering that Twain was so incensed by the barbarous treatment of American Indians by the private bounty hunters and the army out west that he wrote to President Cleveland in 1885 urging him to take action to protect the Indians from the unsavory acts of government officials promoting abhorrent practices, such as paying rewards for the presentation of Indian scalps. The president ignored Twain's plea.
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Subject: Mark Twain and the Native American
I noted in my message earlier, regarding Twain and the Goshoots, his
dislike for these people. I've been searching for any mention of where
he might have repented his racism. It would seem inconsistent with his
later held views on Imperialism. I've also noted in a review of one of
Val Kilmer's performances an appreciation for the Oglala Sioux. Can
this be documented in any of his writings?