Native American Women

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Native Americans more than any other group in the country fare considerably worse based on social and economic indicators. They suffer high poverty rates, low life expectancy, and higher than usual rates of illness. Alcoholism and suicide rates are especially rampant within the reservations. One of the most devastating programs, with concerns which are still felt today, was the systematic removal of native lands and children. Native Americans were forced off their lands to undesirable lands, slowly falling more dependent on federal government assistance and food distributions. Then slowly children were taken from their kin and placed in government funded church ran boarding schools, where they were disciplined for speaking their languages or practicing their native traditions. But let’s look at the traditions of the Native American woman. Historically Native American women are an honorable figure. They cook, clean, weaved and care for their families. Once they were settled in the land they would work together with their brothers and sisters under the leadership of their head mother. Although the male and female roles were different for each tribe, most societies were matrilineal, of or based on kinship with the mother or the female line. The women were responsible for all of the household duties: regardless of whether they were strenuous or not. The Native American’s lives began to shift with the arrival of the Europeans. In 1607 when the “White Man” stayed on the Natives
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