The story of the Lamanites does not end with the battle of Cumorah, for they continued to war amongst themselves for power and dominion for centuries, with no end of their wars in sight. Although there was great suffering on both sides, it was the white man who finally brought an end to their wilder ways and began the process of civilizing them again. Little did the Gentiles know that at one time the Indians had been as fair and delightsome as they were.
Sadly, as more and more whites arrived in America, things were set in motion to deprive the Indians of their land, thinking them to be a threat to the more civilized settlers in the land. Treaties were made with the Indians as early as 1817, with the Cherokee agreeing to move to the west of the Mississippi in eastern Kansas bordering Missouri, which was the western fringe of the newly formed United States where the Cherokee would now be considered the country’s western tribes of Indians. Unfortunately, not all the tribes followed their lead. Thus, in 1830 the Indian Removal Act was authorized by President Andrew Jackson which was intended to force the last resistors to migrate west. During the fall and winter of 1838 and 39 the last of the Cherokee were forcibly moved west by the United States government. Approximately 4,000 Cherokee died on this forced march, which became known as the “Trail of Tears.”
Although Lehi’s and Mulek’s children have long since melted into the mainstream of America, the time will come when they will know who their ancient fathers were, with both one day standing proudly in the shade of that Zion to come and proclaiming, “We, too, are Israel.”