I ran across the following John Wayne quote in a book called The Ultimate Book of Useless Information:
“I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them if that’s what you’re asking. Our so called stealing of this country was just a question of survival. There were great numbers of people who needed new land the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”
My dad gave me a used copy of the book and I had to look online to find out where it came from. Turns out, it was from a 1971 Playboy interview where he also made some other controversial racially-based statements. Not that I was ever a John Wayne fan, but this sure made me even less of one than before!