Historical Report on Race: Native Americans

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In 1831, John Marshall recognized American Indians as unique and unlike any other minority group at that time. He said that Native Americans had a status as “domestic dependent nations”. Although he felt this way some others did not. They were discriminated upon and deprived of their land by an order of forced removal. There was a series of treaties and military defeat against the Native Americans. American Indians were limited to a degree of self-government and lived on reservations. Over two hundred and fifty thousand Natives lived in the United States of America during this time. Throughout history, Indians have been looked at as if they could not defend their own interests. This is completely opposite of the way it really is. They went along with certain historical events that dealt with them because they wanted to preserve their ways and continue living a more simplistic and natural way of life. Natives were looked down upon by white Americans so therefore were treated badly due to greed by the whites. The way the Natives responded to some federal policies was not always done in a respectful manner. The economic, social and political issues that occurred were not taken lightly by the Indians and sometimes the way they acted was diverse and disruptive. In today’s time, neither federal government nor the Native American tribes have come to a conclusion as to what identity or status the North American continent should be. In the nineteenth century, times were devastating for the Native Americans. The United States signed the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 with the Sioux which was to keep non-Indians from hunting or settling on their reservation which had been recently established. At that time, they gave up rights to almost all the land they were occupying. They endured raids by warrior bands and eventually, their reservation territory was crowded by non-Indian

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