Dakota And Ojibwe: Reflective Analysis

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Name: Anh Bui Class: EEC222 – Human Relations Professor: Terry Fogg Date: 02/26/13 Reflective Analysis Paper Minnesota Native Americans The Dakota and Ojibwe are two nations whose homeland is Minnesota. Today, there are seven Ojibwe reservations in Minnesota: Red Lake, White Earth, Grand Portage, Fond du Lac, Leech Lake, Bois Forte and Mille Lacs. Each of the eleven reservations and communities in Minnesota are considered self-governing nations. Each has a government, courts, police and economic enterprises. Six of the seven Ojibwe reservations, with the exception of Red Lake, are also represented through an umbrella organization, call the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Most of the reservations in Minnesota are a portion of old…show more content…
I witnessed and endured a lot of things that most non-native children probably had not been through. I saw the persons go to prison, and the peoples die from complications due to alcoholism. The children in grade school now drink, do drug, and go to jail. Some people have dropped out of school. The shock of seeing the people who should have a good future being sucked in to the vicious cycle of reservation life is close to unbearable, but it is the norm in this area. And, the fact that nobody strives to defeat the embarrassingly to correct stereotypes of Native Americans makes me pity; very few people try to obtain academic achievement instead of working at the casino, drowning in drunk, and raising a clan of children that will mimic the calamitous ways of their parents. I know some teenagers Native Americans close to my age have all gotten drunk and high, and most have been sent to jail or treatment centers. They do not know a few words of the Ojibwe language beyond simple commands, and numbers that have been repeated throughout the reservation since they were young. For Native Americans age 15-24, the alcohol related death rate is seventeen time higher than the national average. High death rate occurs because children grow up seeing their parent, their family members and others in the community abuse drugs and alcohol. The only people that the younger generations have to look up…show more content…
As American Indian teenagers, they are constantly surrounded by a world that is not originally Ojibwe, and this is a world they cannot effectively call their own. We must try to fit into the non-native society beyond the alienated Indian reservation. Often called “the white man’s world,” so the teenagers now run wildly about in baggy clothes, crooked baseball caps, and overpriced sneakers as they throw up gang signs. They party hard and do not attend school because school does not fit into their utopia of a “gangster” lifestyle. Ojibwe people never drank alcohol in the purest of days, nor did they do drugs or fight for no reason. Despite the history of their people, American Indian youth in this area still have the nerve to say that they have “Native pride.” I have a lot of things in my head at the catastrophic irony and blasphemy that my generation creates. Their actions are what non-natives depict them by no good alcoholics that only cause trouble. Their youth do not care to change the way that society looks upon us with belittling, stereotypical eyes. My short term goals are I would like to do in Native Americans community service; I want to help the teenagers who got trouble by drugs, alcohol. Professionally, I plan on come to Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to work with kids Native American. I want to help teach them

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