Such callous and inhumane behavior is not unrivaled in our history. In October, I saw a wrenching exhibit on Indian schools at the Heard Museum of Native American culture in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1879, the federal government decided on a policy to “assimilate, acculturate and Americanize” Indians. This was based on a chilling calculation. Policymakers estimated that it cost nearly $1 million to kill an Indian in warfare versus $1,200 to give an Indian child eight years of schooling.