49. Native Americans and the Death Penalty
Settlers in what would become the United States sought to apply their laws to Native Americans despite only being visitors to the land. This extends to the death penalty. The first legally sanctioned execution of a Native American occurred in 1639 when a man named Nepaduck was beheaded for the murder of a white man.
Between the years of 1639 and 2006, there were an estimated 464 executions of Native Americans, though this number does not include executions carried out without the approval of the court system.