Apess begins his story talking about the conditions of the reservation that Indians are living in and having to deal with, and blames the white men for these conditions. This is due to them “supposedly” being the masters or overseers’ of the reservations. He talks about how the white men could care less if the Indians lived or died. That the white men would take a lot of the Indians vegetation and taking their timber which is of most value to the Indians or any other items for free and then selling it to get a profit for themselves off of it. He feels that with no education the Indians are feel they cannot take care of themselves or their land.
Having no respect for others beliefs they simply would just push them off their land in the thought that they would find homes somewhere else and that they would be fine. The Naive Americans didn’t understand why the Europeans were pushing them off their sacred land and why they couldn’t have just found land somewhere else. Through all three of these groups family was very important. With Native Americans
I shall then come to conclusion based on the analysis in my assessment. As it is the subject of the hypothesis for this question, I shall start with analysing the impact of beliefs of land. The primary Belief on land of the Plains Indians was that no body owned it, and that everything belonged to the Great Spirit. The white Americans however believed that land was owned by whoever took it first, or who bought it off the owner. This led to conflicts and therefore partially led to the destruction of the Native American way of life.
Many Americans opposed the removal of the Native Americans and argued that they too had been civilized and should be allowed to remain on the homelands, specifically Davey Crocket. This was a valid point of debate for the Native Americans, although at this point the strength in numbers for the government were overwhelming compared to that of the Native Americans living on their homeland. On the other hand, some of the natives thought strategically about agreeing with the treaty because this would alleviate “white harassment”(Indian Removal, PBS). This shows the debate amongst the natives themselves, over the removal act, leaving some tribes divided and again assisting with the destruction of their
The lessons that McNamara teaches can be viewed all throughout the course of history and should be used as a guideline for the future. Lesson One: Empathize with your Enemy i. Columbus’ Treatment of the Native Americans: The Native American people were drastically different than the explorers of the New World. They believed that nobody owned the land; the idea of land ownership didn’t exist in their eyes. Instead of recognizing the Native American World View, Christopher Columbus and his men took advantage of the Indians by enslaving them and subduing them with violence in an effort to acquire land and riches. Clearly, Columbus should have empathized with the Native Americans by respecting their values and negotiating through fair trade rather than violence and deceit.
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.
Racism "Racism breeds racism in reverse." These words so candidly written by Mary Crow Dog, a Lakota Sioux, describe the reverse effect indian boarding schools had upon their pupils. These old Indian boarding schools were intended to push Native Americans into accepting a new way of life as a white man. In lieu of attempting to live peacefully along side the Natives, the white settlers felt they had to force the Indian population to become "civilized". The word civilized, as defined by Websters, means to have an advanced or humane culture, society, etc.. White men did not see the Indian culture as advanced or humane and therefore began forcing white man's way of life upon the Native American Tribes.
Before the Europeans colonized the Americas, there were people that lived on the land. The Native Americans that inhabited these lands were not warned of the Europeans’ arrival, nor did they know that there were civilizations past the rocky shores of the Americas. To the colonists, the Americas were undiscovered lands that they intended to call their own. However, the Native Americans proved to be an obstacle in their plan. The Europeans looked down on the Native Americans and referred to them as “savages” because their society did not match their own.
Building cities, educating locals and preaching religion were presented as an enlightening of indigenous savage people, even if they had their own civilization (Kipling 1998). Of course, after alteration of government system and infrastructure of the colony, they need to be educated to work in British system. However, high skill professions were not taught to locals, because they had to stay dependent on imperialist
Hedican (2008) mentions that the members of the Stoney Point Reserve believed that they had a right to this land because their interests had not been adequately represented by the Indian Agent when the land for the park had been purchased from the Band in the 1920s. Another reason for the occupation of the park was to protect the sacred burial sites that had been neglected since the creation of Ipperwash Park. (163) With what would have been a peaceful protest, turned volatile due to minor accidents between the OPP and Aboriginals. Although, at times there were hostile confrontations; sometimes objects being thrown, there was no witness of any concealed weapons by the