The first thing Myles Standish and the Mayflower men did was to dig up 14 bushels of buried corn. The stolen corn — found stashed with skeletons and sundry items — became part of the Pilgrims’ first planting.
When the Massachusett people traded “their bare Indian commons for the plenty of England’s fuller diet, it is so contrary to their stomachs that death or a desperate sickness immediately accrues."
Today, the USDA provides food to low-income reservation households through the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. Available “commodity foods” include frozen and canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, cereal, cheese, evaporated milk, wheat flour, crackers, beans and peanut butter.
The reliance on government provisions led to widespread health problems. The Department of Health and Human Services reports that American Indian and Alaska Natives are more than twice as likely as whites of a similar age to have diabetes.
Blocks of “government cheese” took up residence in reservation kitchens, and indigenous North American bodies suffered as a result.
Medical researchers discovered that lactase deficiency was present in 66 percent of their American Indian subjects The associated gut distress can lead to vitamin malabsorption and contributes to malnutrition.
Without ‘Indians’ Europeans would never have survived here. In repayment they were [are] robbed, shot, poisoned, and starved.
November 20, 2017