The War of 1812 is often called "The Forgotten War," but to Native Americans, it marked an indelible turning point in their history. Native Americans sided with the British in their conflict against the Americans, and this alliance "made clear what every Indian and colonist already knew, that there would be no peace until one side or the other was completely destroyed," said David Koch, an associate professor of history at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. Mr. Koch is presenting a talk on the subject of Native Americans in the war on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Wilton Historical Society, the second in a series about the war, entitled "A Star-Spangled Nation." The series is co-sponsored by the Wilton Library and moderated by Bulletin columnist Steve Hudspeth.
When the U.S. emerged victorious from the war, with westward expansion as one of the stakes, it resulted in "the Indians' destruction," said Mr. Koch, who has also lectured for historical organizations across the country and in Europe. "There is no question, the alliance with the English destroyed any slim chance the natives might have had to retain any lands in the east."