Problems Afflicting the Native Americans

1991 Words Jun 23rd, 2018 8 Pages
The American Indians are still fighting for more benefits and rights. To get a realistic impression of the Native Indians, it is absolutely necessary to look at them from all the sides and to realize their problems. Though the reservations in the USA, in fact, are on a different level of development. The problems of the Native Americans are varying and of different graveness. But one problem produces the next, in many cases. So there is no shortage of the worrying aspects among the American Indians definitely in the reservations as well as outside.
There are only 52 million acres left today from the original American Indian homeland of about 6.1 billion acres which form North America. This land is mostly of inferior quality. The Bureau of
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The Social challenges
In and outside the reservations the Native Americans have to deal with more worrying social developments. All the ethnic groups in the USA the American Indians have the highest rate of school drop outs (about 54%),the highest rate of suicide, the highest rate of teenage pregnancy, the highest rate of teenage suicide, the highest rate of child mortality and lowest life expectancy.
The drug abuse and the alcoholism have become a very common problem among the American Indians. Even in some reservations eight families out of ten have the problems with alcoholism. Most unfortunately it spreads among their children too. For those the problem with the unemployment, the decay of the reservations, environmental destruction and the lack of any positive future prospect are probably very hard to bear.
Being promoted by the drug abuse, there are a lot of crimes in the reservations and outside also. The American Indians, especially the children, are becoming victims and offenders. At the same rate the domestic violence, child abuse, rape and child neglect are reported to take place regularly in the reservations. The estimated number of the unknown cases is also very high. In the recent years the gang violence in the reservations has increased a lot. It is fuelled by the weak law enforcement. The youth unemployment and the lack of activities for the young Indians result in vandalism, sexual assaults, theft and street
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