Oppression Of Indigenous People

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Indigenous people are the people who were on the land first, before settlers came and took it away. In this case, Americans are the settlers, and we took the Indian’s land away. We didn’t gently take their land away, we pulled the rug out from under them and stole basically all of it. We took their land by force so that we could use it for our own benefit. In result of their land being taken away, the Indians had to move. The indians had to move to from the land that they called their own. They had to move to cramped, small, dirty, mold filled, unnourished lands called reservations. Including their land we also took their culture, so to speak. We made it seem like they shouldn’t embrace their culture, that doing that isn’t ‘normal’.

Throughout our class readings we have come across many themes. They include the oppression and disrespect of indigenous people. Americans have severely oppressed Indians, mostly through the stealing of their land. Americans then force Indians to live in a place that few people would even dare to go. Unemployment on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation fluctuates between 85 and 90 percent and The life expectancy for men is between 46 and 48 years old. (Huey 2) The land is in poverty, to be specific, more than 90 percent of the population lives below the federal poverty line. Indians do not treat land like Americans do,“There was a time when our people covered the land as the waves of a wind-ruffled sea cover its shell-paved floor, but that time

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