by Floyd Red Crow Westerman
“…I will put a war of extermination on all Indians until the entire Indian race is extinct!”
— Peter H. Burnett, 1st Governor of California, 1849
During the Nuremburg Trials, after protests of innocence by the German people, U.S. Justice Jackson proclaimed:
“… Certain acts and violations of treaties are crimes, they are crimes whether Germany commits them, or whether the United States commits them. We are not prepared to impose a code of criminal conduct against others that we would not be willing to have invoked against us.”
— Nuremburg Trials, Germany, 1948
“Before America can heal, it needs to accept its past. With regards to history, the TRUTH will change everything.”
— Floyd Red Crow Westerman
About the Documentary
The first installment in this documentary series examines the crime scenes hidden between the lines of history. It reveals the systematic role that each state played in America’s tragic but true story of Native American extermination.
From the writings of the hallowed halls of the Vatican to inaugural speeches from the steps of California’s first State Assembly, “Exterminate Them!” – The California Story explores not only what happened to the indigenous peoples of the Americas, but how and why it happened — looking beyond the borders of California and beyond the borders of the United States to the Native 1st Peoples of Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America.