Lead: Often a nation's actions don't live up to its ideals.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: The record of the United States in dealing with Native Americans is a mixed one. National policy toward the Indians, often idealistic and well-meaning in its intention, has been punctuated with broken treaties, untruths and often intentional disregard for human and property rights. The experience of the Cherokee was particularly dramatic. More than any most tribes, the Cherokee attempted to adjust themselves to the ever expanding American culture.