Native Americans : Native American Tribes

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Native Americans branch out among over 500 different tribes with about 5 million identified racially mixed and unmixed native americans, or about 1.7% of the U.S. population. Each tribe differs from each other in their own way especially in beliefs and language and also through location. The Native American tribes, excluding modern day Mexico, are commonly split up into ten different areas: the Arctic, the Subarctic, the Northeast, the Southeast, the Plains, the Southwest, the Great Basin, California, the Northwest Coast and the Plateau. Most of the tribes have their own separate language but today English is their primary language. Due to the expansion of western civilization, the traditional languages of the different tribes have either been lost or abandoned. Native Americans have had a spotty past with the new American settlers. They were forced to change their ways of living to adapt to how these settlers lived, or forced onto reservations. Native Americans were treated poorly, as though they were lesser of people. At first, an establishment of peace between the settlers and Native Americans had been commenced but it was short lived. Over the years, there were multiple fights between Native Americans and the newcomers. There have been incidents such as The Trail of Tears, The French and Indian Wars, Battle of Little Bighorn, and many other wars and battles. In all there were about 371 treaties signed by Native Americans, however they obviously could not
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