Native American Historical Report

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A Historical Report on Native Americans Angela Pusey ETH/125 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…show more content…
Many of these acts proved to be failures, and left conflicts unresolved. The Allotment Act of 1887 was passed to provide each family of tribal members 160 acres of land in hopes for assimilation with the non-Native Americans. This act ended in failure with poor planning, and no effort with teaching Natives how to cultivate land like White homesteaders in order to survive. Later, this resulted in many White landowners taking possession of these lands. 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. Instead of a slow transition of removing services, the government abruptly stopped, leaving…show more content…
This joint effort resulted in the formation of The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in 1944, which closely follows many of the same strategies as NAACP for African Americans. In addition to this pan-Indian group, a more radical group was formed in 1968, called the American Indian Movement (AIM). This group initially was formed to monitor police brutally toward Native Americans. However, a few years later, AIM promoted additional programs, and became well known for aggressive actions against BIA and other government agencies. Through these recently form groups; pan-Indian efforts have brought some successes in combating federal policies today (Schaefer,

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