In the later part of the 19th-century federal policy shifted away from tribal self-government in favor of an effort to dismantle tribal government systems. (Brown, Nov.) The Indians always had to educate the Americans on everything they tried to fight for. This affected the tone and nature of American Indian leadership. There were protest from the Indians, Poor Peoples March of 1968, Red Power Rallies, the American Indian Movement to the occupation of Alcatraz. With the occupation of Alcatraz, a participant said, "we got back our worth, our pride, our dignity, our humanity."
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Movie Review The movie was made to show how the Indians in the United States were treated so unfairly by the United States government. The Indians were the first on this land but the settlers were determined that they had more right to the land than the Indians did. The Story is of Charles Eastman who is half Sioux Indian and was taken from his tribe, by his father, at a young age to be Americanized in public schools. He went on to learn and to be very well educated and became a doctor. For a while he worked for the government trying to help with Indian right, and settlement separation.
148), the movement staged many protests against prejudiced Indian rights leading up to the siege at Wounded Knee. Wounded Knee was a rebellion of the extension of the White government control, by the Indians. The Whites established a government and military quickly after the colonisation of America that pacified the Indians in order to gain control of resources. This is the natural order of colonisation and with this idea combined with the fact that these Indians were educated (as by decree of the very same government), this caused the uprising against their White oppressors by the Indians, (Bodley, 1999, p.60). It seemed a disaster waiting to happen.
Professor Johnson N. American Religious Traditions 13 September 2007 Native American Culture Throughout the history of America, Native Americans and their involvement in the expansion of the western hemisphere have been represented in widely contrasting lights. Most of the time these natives have been misrepresented as instigating much of the war and fighting that occurred between the Native American culture and the foreigners attempting to settle in the land. Lately this false image has been corrected through movies like Smoke Signals and accurate authors writing about Native American culture such as Sam Gill, Joel Martin, and Robert Berkhoffer. The movie Smoke Signals gives explicit examples of issues discussed in many of Sam Gill’s, Joel Martin’s, and Robert Berkhoffer’s literature concerning Native Americans such as the significance of storytelling in the Native American culture, stereotyping, and the Native American sense of self and identity. Gill explains that story telling plays a significant role in Native American culture by stressing ideas of moral standards and wise choices as well as romanticizing people and events to make their significance emotionally real, which is impossible for writing to attain.
The problem is, to achieve this newfound opportunity Jackson wants to remove thousands of Indians from their settlements and move them to Oklahoma (Roark, 260). If you disregard the lives of all the Indians who were massacred for not leaving when Jackson ordered them to, I guess obtaining new land was a good thing. But it’s a bit hard for me to just ignore that harsh racism. Overall, I believe Jackson was a good President and certainly the most influential Democrat. However, in some instances I think he went too far, such as forcefully making Native Americans leave and some of the comments he made about the issue.
America’s History is Wrong The author of the book introduction titled Indian/White Relations: A View from the Other Side of the “Frontier,” Alfonso Ortiz, makes the reader scrutinize and think about how historians have recorded and retold America’s early history. The history familiar to most Americans is biased because it is in accordance with white settlers’ viewpoint only. The Native Americans viewed the white settlement differently than we recorded. The Americas were no “frontier” for exploration. The land was the home of the natives; it was explored and well known.
A great topic which is among United States and the American Indians is the struggle for land and appropriate medical purposes, social, and educational purposes for past tribes. In the 1800's the Native Americans handed over almost all of their land to the U.S, in return for later social, medical educational purposes, and the obligation that they could have their reserved land later on. Still to this day, the United States government has not kept their promise to the Native Americans. The NCOAI (National Congress of American Indians) just now released an informational article about this subject, and it further explains how the federal government must keep their promise to the Native Americans for legal reasons. The federal government's responsibility is the legal agreement made by the United States government to the Indian tribes when the Indian lands had given away to the United States government.
The few Native Americans that managed to keep their land, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), a federal government committee, served as trustee and held the legal titles over these lands. In addition, the BIA collected revenues made from these lands by non-Indians, and upon the death of a Native American the land was divided between descendants; overriding any Native American tribal customs. As a result, Native Americans lost approximately 90 million of the 130 million acres original provided from this act. In addition to this failed act, there was the most controversial act in the twentieth century, called The Termination Act of 1953. This act was original supposed to reduce government control over Native Americans by terminating services provided by the government.
Experiences of the Native American Sheila Barkwell Cultural Diversity 09/08/2013 Rich Urfer Experience of the Native American The Native American are an important part of American history. At one time Native Americans lived peacefully and were content and established with their lands. Then, there came a time when they were forced to fight to protect their lands. Many Native Americans were killed while others were forced off of their lands by U.S. laws that were passed by various United States Presidents. This paper will demonstrate the different challenges that the Native American had to endure throughout history, and often still do.
Leave Us Alone By: Denise Meza Vine Deloria takes a new approach at addressing issues that Native Americans have had to face for several years. In Deloria’s “Custer die for your sins: An Indian Manifesto” a general concept of “leaves us alone” is addressed. Circe Strum agrees with his general argument but her study of identity in “Blood Politics: Race, Culture and Identity in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma” reveals contradictions. Vine Deloria is known to be the first to write an overview of Indians and be successful in doing so. In Custer Die for your sins Deloria attempts to cover several different issues that the Indians have encountered and continue encounter due to ignorance.