The Navajo People and Their Environmental Concerns Essay

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The Navajo People and Their Environmental Concerns

Introduction

This nation was built on the foundation that “All Men are Created Equal.” Under the eyes of God, no man is better than another. This has held our nation together and forced us to exist interdependently. We are fortunate to live in a nation that possesses such a wealth of diversity. It makes our nation unique and gives people the opportunity to learn about the beauty of culture. However, history has shown us that not all have embraced diversity. For this reason, civil rights movements have long been a part of our history. Citizens of this country recognize key figures in Civil Rights movements such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez who have promoted
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census, 37% of Navajos live under the poverty line.
 The Navajo Indian Reservation is the largest reservation in the nation.
 Native Americans and Alaskan Natives account for only 1.5% of the entire nation’s population, most of which reside in the western and southwestern states of the United States ().
 In total, American Indians own approximately 55 millions acres.
 This land amount is less than 3% of what they originally owned.
 About 250 different tribal languages are spoken.
 Indians are the only U.S. minority that must legally prove its minority status.

These numbers represent the struggle the Native American faces. First, 97% of their land was taken away from them over the last 500 years. The land belonged to their ancestors. No land titles or claims existed before the arrival of the Spanish and English. Their lands were communal and they existed with unwritten boundaries. Cases of such cultural displacement exist amongst indigenous people around the globe. For instance, the Mapuche Indians in Chile were victims of the Spanish conquest. Before 1866, the Mapuche lived on over 100,000 square kilometers of land. Between 1866 and 1927, they were forced to then live on 5,000
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