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A Historical Report on Native Americans

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A Historical Report on Native Americans
Angela Pusey
September 22, 2013
Maria E. Miles, Ph.D. Candidate, LPC, LCDC

A Historical Report on Native Americans
The story of the Native Americans is one of the most unsettling chapters in American history. From a historian’s perspective, this ethnic group started with unimaginable oppression, warfare, and disease from the moment European immigrants landed in America. Even the name “Indian” was a mistake in their identity. Unfortunately, this label remains today, and we will never know what this race of people would be like today if they were never “discovered”. Today, however, Native Americans are still under significant control by the government, and are often forced to choose assimilation over traditional ways.  
Early history of Native Americans in the United States starts with European explorers who mistakenly believed they landed somewhere in the Indies. The historic figure, Christopher Columbus, often learned in elementary school, set sail 1492 with the ships called the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. He landed at what today is known as one of the Bahamian islands in the Caribbean (A&E Television Networks, 2013). What Columbus found, was what he thought were “people of India”, hence the name “Indians” from whence it came from. In his confusion, he thought he was in the Indies, part of the Asian continent. The term Native Americans or Indians refers to a multitude of cultures spread throughout the Western hemisphere; however, each of these groups have a preferred name.   Consequently, as more European immigrants arrived in America, they brought with them new diseases and weaponry that devastated the Native American population. In 1500, the Native Americans had a population of about ten million; however, by the 1800s, it was reduced to about 600,000, and by the 1900s, it dropped to less than 250,000. Warfare between tribes, Spaniards and many new diseases contributed to this dramatic drop in...

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