The ignorance in this thread is unbelievable.
Not all native tribes were "savages" as the propaganda stated. They were simply defending their home.
Only one poster brought up the Seneca by stating that their laws were the basis of America's constitution. I'd like to add a correction to that
The Iroquois Nation or Iroquois League was a confederation of 5 tribes which included the Seneca, Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, and the Onondaga peoples. I
believe sometime around the year 1720 a tribe called the Tuscarora joined. They came together in a Grand Council with around 40-50 representatives.
To all those said they had no form of governance and were uncivilized, you are wrong.
The alliance between the nations was extremely influential to the U.S. Constitution and was even recognized by congress somewhere between the late
80's and early 90's.
In the end, their leaders were more American than today's American leaders since the Iroquois actually followed their Constitution.
Side note: I wrote in a rush meaning all of the above was based on memory since I studied them deeply a few years back. Feel free to correct me as you
edit on 2/5/13 by SmoothRhythm because: Added side note