The Round House By Louise Erdrich

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“America 's one of the finest countries anyone ever stole” is a quote from Bobcat Goldthwait. He is an American actor, comedian, and screenwriter that refers to Christopher Columbus as the thief. Following in the European settlers footsteps, Americans had no respect for the Indians’ homes or the people themselves. Similar to Columbus and his successors, the United States government has taken Native Americans’ land. The unfairness of this injustice led to the erosion of Indians’ rights, which has ultimately threatened their safety, especially women’s. In Louise Erdrich’s novel, The Round House, she indicates that understanding the lack of safety Native women face is vital in maintaining a civil community. Louise Erdrich reveals that…show more content…
No one could figure out if the attack took place on tribal land, fee land, white property, or state property. These puzzling boundaries of land began in the early 1800s and have continued over time. The United States had adopted the “doctrine of discovery” in which America made land the ultimate goal of victory. In fact, Chief Justice John Marshall believed that this doctrine of discovery was “based on the rights and freedoms of the individual” (Erdrich 228). Past leaders of America, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, participated in “grabbing Indian land as quickly as possible” (Erdrich 228). But in the taking of tribal lands, the Indians were forced to give up their homes due to the government forcing Native tribes to sign treaties. The Native Americans thought they would be receiving their land back. However, they were misinformed by the United States with false promises of assisting “tribes in making [their] reservations livable homes” (Agtuca 13). The treaties represented protection of the Indians’ sovereignty in exchange for their land. Instead, America broke the promise of the treaties. In doing so, the United States carelessly destroyed the Native women’s relationship with the land. Before European colonization, “the identity of Native women as caretakers and cultivators of the land” was a customary law among Indian nations (Agtuca 15). With the Indians’ land lost as well as the role of Native women, the United States culturally
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