Native American Identity Essay

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The Native American identity
To explain the Native American identity is necessary to take into consideration several arguments. A group’s identity is never a universal consensus, since every individual’s experience would define the meaning of what is to be member of a certain group. Despite these differences in experiencing and living within a given culture; the commonality is that members of the group are recognized are part of It by members of the group they claim to belong. Native American’s self-definition is a continuum because “[…] knowledge is conditioned knowledge, constructed within our conceptual systems, and thus knowledge is a communal achievement and is relative to time and place. One need not retreat to a complete
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(U.S. Census Bureau, 2010); whereas it defines Native Americans as American Indian or Alaskan Native las “A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.” (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). The former, appears to be privileged in regards to economic status as opposed to the latter which appears to be the most affected by poverty. Furthermore, the race-based policies are still in place: ignoring the necessities of the Indian Country by limiting economic and social development, (Peralta, 2014. Regan, 2014.), the lack of enforcement of ‘The Protection of Indian Sacred Sites’ (Departments of Defense, the Interior, Agriculture, and Energy and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 2015) and continuing of mass incarceration based on race (Alexander, 2010), just to mention some of them. The intention of this brief explanation has a main and a secondary purpose. Mainly it aims to introduce a categorical difference between the State and the peoples self-defined as Native Americans; which raises the question is the Native American a race or an ethnicity? Secondly, to state that “Race and racism do not simply or necessarily follow from the mere propinquity and interaction of two peoples who happen to be physically different […] but the social recognition of such differences as socially significant or
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