The Pros And Cons Of Native Americans

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Native Americans have lived in America long before the time of the European arrival. It is believed that the Native Americans traveled across a land-bridge formed of ice from Siberia to what is now known as Alaska during the ice age. After arrival in Alaska, the Native Americans migrated to Mexico and across the United States. The broke up into individual tribes and formed individual nations (N.A. 2002). Native Americans are otherwise known as “Indians.” Christopher Columbus gave them this nickname when he arrived here. Columbus mistakenly thought he was in the Indies, thus naming the Native Americans, “Indians.” They have been called Indians, American Indians, and now choose to be called “Native Americans (N.A., 2002).” When the Europeans arrived, they did not…show more content…
For example, alphabet cards say, “A is for apple, B is for ball, I is for Indian.” Native Americans are associated with objects; not as people. Children dress up as Native Americans for Halloween. Some people do not see this as disrespectful. To a Native American person, the headdress, feathers, buckskin, and face paint are considered honorable and sacred. People ridicule they way that Native Americans speak. Some people say, “Me hungry.” This statement is disrespectful to the Native Americans. People should not stereotype. Native Americans faced environmental justice issues in 1971. The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was an act in which the government gave title to 44 of 375 million acres of land. While title was being granted, there was a discovery. While selecting the land, the world’s largest petroleum deposit was found. There was a compromise. Instead of granting the land to the Native Americans, the government offered cash payment of $962.5 million. This exchange eliminated indigenous mineral rights in Alaska so the U.S. could build the Alaskan oil pipeline (N.A.,
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