American pro-Nazi movements, such as the Friends of the New Germany and the German-American Bund, played no role in Hitler’s plans for the country and received no financial or verbal support from Germany after 1935. However, certain Native American advocate groups, such as the fascist-leaning American Indian Federation, were to be used to undermine the Roosevelt administration from within using propaganda. In addition, the Nazis considered the Sioux, and by extension all Native Americans, to be Aryans; a theory echoed in the sympathetic portrayal of the Natives in German westerns of the 1930s such as Der Kaiser von Kalifornien.
Nazi propagandists went as far as declaring that Germany would return expropriated land to the Indians, while Goebbels guessed they possessed little loyalty to America and would rather rebel than to fight against Germany. As a boy, Hitler had been an enthusiastic reader of Karl May Westerns, and he told Albert Speer that he still turned to them for inspiration as an adult when he was in a tight spot; the Karl May Westerns contained highly sympathetic portrayals of American Indians.
Approximately nine months before the United States joined the Allies, U.S President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a reference to the New Order in a speech he gave on March 15, 1941, recognizing Hitler’s hostility towards the United States and the destructive potential it represented, about which Roosevelt was quite acutely aware:
…Nazi forces are not seeking mere modifications in colonial maps or in minor European boundaries. They openly seek the destruction of all elective systems of government on every continent, including our own. They seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers who seize power by force.
Yes, these men and their hypnotized followers call this a “New Order.” It is not new, and it is not order. For order among nations presupposes something enduring, some system of justice under which individuals over a long period of time are willing to live. Humanity will never permanently accept a system imposed by conquest, and based on slavery. These modern tyrants find it necessary to their plans to eliminate all democracies — eliminate them one by one. The nations of Europe, and indeed we, ourselves, did not appreciate that purpose. We do now.
Hitler actually held American society in contempt, stating that the United States (which he consistently referred to as the “American Union”) was “half Judaized, and the other half Negrified” and that “in so far as there are any decent people in America, they are all of German origin”. As early as 1928, he had maintained that National Socialist Germany must prepare for the ultimate struggle against the USA to achieve global hegemony.