The roles the Iroquois had played in early colonial American reflected that of trust for the early English settlers. This was a trust that existed without great cause spurn by lies and with ill effects, evident only in time. Driven by the greed of early colonials in order to separate from their tax-happy mother Britain, Native Americans, as a whole, would be divided and driven from their native lands by an expanding people that would not be limited by the desires, nor any desires to compromise, by these native "savages." The story of The Broken Chain reflects how The Iroquois, as a sample that could have been any other Native American Tribe that attempted to compromise sharing land and trade with early English settlers, held a complex fragile, ever disappointing relationship with early Americans. Native American Tribes reflected in this film were mostly part of the Confederacy of the Six Nations, a community of united Native American Tribes. This was a community that would be broken through devastation, and reflecting of our modern day inhabitant.
Centered on the pre-American Revolution days, the Iroquois held a close, internally frenzied relationship with early English settlers. Particularly, this story centers around two unofficial leaders of the Iroquois, Lohaheo and his older brother known as Joseph Brant (changed his name in order to assist to assimilate himself into the new English settlements) and their relationship, in particular, at first, with Sir William Johnson (an Irish man that works with the Iroquois in their dealings with the English). Unfortunately, later Sir William Johnson is no longer a shield for the Iroquois, and they are left to try to compromise alone with early colonists, a situation that would road them a new destination. The colonist's discomfort is obvious when they need to begin to deal with the Native American. Early colonist's comments about cultural practices and perspective on the Native's way of life reveal a high disapproval for this kind of people so unlike their own.
However, an attempt, by a diminutive amount of members of both parties shows a possibility of a compromise that would never prove true. Joseph Brant, an obvious future-leader of his tribe leaves for a period of time to learn and live the English life, while Lohaheo stays and attempts an un-prevailing try at neutrality during the beginning of the American Revolutionary war. Joseph allied the colonists in their plight for independence against the British. He committed himself and influenced other men from the Iroquois to lead raids with the colonist's for a fight that was not clearly their own. Early colonist's leaders made promises that especially included that there would be no more new colonists expanding on their land. Unfortunately, both leaders are forced to face an uncertain future for their people and struggle to save a way of life whose existence is threatened by the people with and against whom they fight.
The early colonist's see a use for the Native American's during the revolutionary war. After the war they were now just in the way of colonial expansion. The Iroquois are influenced and forced to leave their land and choose to go up north to Canada. An unyielding struggle devastated a people that would become divided by those with opposing views of the new settlers.
For those Native Tribes that help the new settlers, they would be disappointed with broken promises, those that remained neutral were push aside, and those that would fight against would be crushed. The future of Native American lives would forever more be controlled and influenced by the new settlers.