I found out much later that the movie is based on a book by Forrest Carter, who also wrote "The Education Of Little Tree", which is an amazing book that was brought to my attention by my good friend Stella. And then I find out (cursed internet) that Forrest Carter was some kind of wacked out racist ??
Anyway, a repost from 2008. This is from the movie The Outlaw Josey Wales :
We dressed ourselves up like Abraham Lincoln.
You know we got to see the Secretary of the Interior.
He said "Boy you sure look civilized." He congratulated us and he gave us medals for looking so civilized.
We told him about how our land had been stolen and our people were dying.
When we finished he shook our hand and said "Endeavor to persevere"...
They took our pictures and the newspapers said "Indians vow to endeavor to persevere."
We thought about it for a long time.
"Endeavor to persevere."
And when we had thought about it long enough,
we declared war on the Union."
Lone Waite, Indian chief - from "The Outlaw Jose Wales"