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Blauner uses the terms conquered and colonized minority similar to the colonial period in world history. Native American Indians were controlled by the U.S. Federal government and mandated policies. As the result of this control, “Native American life was marginalized, powerless, and isolated,” (p 126). They were basically excluded from society in what is often suggested, “out sight, out mind.” Except when the issue is about the “Washington Redskins.” Or, when people ask, “why are there so many casinos?” The Indian population historically was greatly reduced by disease and warfare, or from what people call “genocide.” Then there is the U.S. Census Bureau that is in charge of counting all the people in the U.S., as a Constitutional responsibility. Prior to the 60’s, the Census Bureau had not profiled the U.S. population in total. For example, Mexican Americans were often categorized as “White”. During the 60’s, the Census Bureau was pushed to come up with new ways of counting people. I had the opportunity in the 70’s to work with numerous committee’s that help “pluralize” the Census Bureau. We will discuss the importance of the Census Bureau from time to time. Just let me say, a lot decisions in this country depend on the Census Bureau’s statistics, as official counters of this country. They determine political districts, money for colleges and school districts, where federal money will go, how financial aide is structured on who gets financial aid, who will get Obama care, Social benefits, and more. According to the Census Bureau, there has been a resurgence in the Native American population, along with culture, language, and spirituality. Most tribes have gone back to the old ways of sharing, cooperation, solidarity, land ownership. The importance of the tribe, women, children, and return to self sufficiency. They continue to research the impact of the effects of the BIA, “the Acts,” education, and relocation. The Removal Act was very significant, not just in the movement to the west, but in spirituality. People were born in an area that would create their life cycle, when they were removed, they couldn’t complete their life cycle. The reservation had some positive outcomes, similar to the Black ghetto or Mexican barrio. Even though they were segregated communities, the reservation had their culture, language, land, and themselves. Native American Indians are redefining assimilation under their own terms, as I mentioned in the lecture, more pluralistic than the traditional assimilation. Under pluralism, they look at education to develop socialization strategies that include the culture and Language. For example, the annual Pow Wows are a way to celebrate the culture, and we are always invited to learn.
Today, when we study SES, Native American Indians have the lowest education attainment level than all minority groups. They have some of the highest unemployment rates in the country, health conditions have not improved on many reservation, lack of quality housing and infrastructure (water, sewage, streets), This is because, not all reservations have casinos. The future question is, how are reservations going to improve their social conditions? What about martial assimilation, won’t it affect blood quantum? One area that the tribes across the country have participated in high numbers, is the political process. If you watch the political campaigns, especially as the election get closer, you will see Native American supporting presidential candidates.
Chapter 7 questions. Select one of the following questions. Be sure to add your opinions.
(4. How has sovereignty and gaming affected Native American Indians today?)
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To gain access to our first film, go to the Grossmont College webpage and click quick links, then click library. On the left side menu click databases. Scroll down to films on demand-master academic collection, click. Then log in-using your first name.last name, and date of birth mm/dd/yr (6 numbers). Once you log in, it will take you to films on demand, there is a box that you type in “Native American Indians” and search. Once you are on the site, scroll down to the film “Wounded Knee: We Shall Remain.” click and watch the film.
Name, CCS/Soc. 114 film review #1 Native American Indians.
This film covers history, issues, conditions, government conflict, and make the public aware of the plight of Native Americans. Using your notes from the film, answer the following questions. Like your reports, don’t forget to include your opinions.
1. Like most our class materials, our class covers history before we get into sociology. At the beginning of the film, the Native American participants are discussing pass Indian experiences that lead to their current conditions. What are they saying about history and experiences?
2. What can you say about the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) why would Native American Indian want to get rid of this agency? What was good or bad about the BIA? Why would the BIA work with the Mixed bloods than the full bloods? How did the BIA control the reservation?
3. The American Indian Movement was a Civil Rights organization, how did they feel about the BIA? What changes did they want and why? What were the issues that AIM wanted the public to be aware of. Don’t forget, “Acts”, culture, land, sovereignty.
4. What are your opinions about the overall Native American experience? What about their future, what do you see happening? Good or Bad?
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I’ll give you the link to watch the video:
The movie ‘We Shall Stand: Wounded Knee’ is aimed at depicting the life the Indians commonly referred to as Native Americans experienced to get to where they are now. It shows the sad events that befell the Indians which led to them taking siege of the village, “Wounded Knee”. Notably, the Indians were protesting against the unfairness with which they had been treated with in the past years in America. For this purpose, 200 activists of the American Indian Movement and Oglala Lakota members took over the main buildings within the village in 1973 for a period of 71 days.
At the beginning of the movie, the Native Americans are seen seizing the small village whereby they take hold of the important facilities such as the church and the major shopping center for themselves. This move attracts the media’s attention nationwide and globally. In the initial moments of the movie, the Native Americans state their awful conditions within their Native country. Firstly, they claimed that the US government persistently failed to fulfil all the treaties they had made with the Indians in the former years. Secondly, the Indian’s claimed that they lost their language, land and culture as they were being imposed by the ‘white man’s ways”. Finally, they demanded for federal investigation of alleged corruption by Dick Wilson, the then Oglala Lakota tribal chairman, in Pine Ridge Reservation. All these reasons for protest are portrayed as the major causes of the oppression, killings, massacre (a century ago at Wounded Knee) and many other dreadful experiences.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs was a major propellant on the anti-Indian campaign which was meant to establish a nation in which Indians traditions and economic rights and legal treaties were hindered. The BIA was just a major oppression tool against the Indians. This was why the Native American Indians wanted to get rid of the Bureau. Notably, the BIA worked with mixed bloods so that they could blind the Indians that they were working for their own good. If the Bureau only comprised of the Americans, then the Indians would have objected sooner to the oppressive ways that the Bureau employed to establish its duties. They used this as a disguise such that they were able to control the reservations. Most outstanding means the BIA controlled the reservations was through ‘owning’ of all the attorneys that foresaw the businesses done by the Indians within their reservations. In other words, the Bureau intended to take over the economic sector in the reservations and thus cut off the finances that served the treaties and the trustee-ship between the Indians and the American government.
Established in 1968 American Indian Movement (AIM) was set out to mainly return the Indians from the white man’s ways to the initial Indian ways. They were aimed at purification of every Indian regardless of whether they spoke Indian language or not. In other words, AIM was the movement that got rid of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) since the body was the major cause of defilation of the Indian’s culture and was the major cause of the failed fulfilment of the American-Indian treaties. These defilation and failures were the major causes of loss of land, culture and sovereignty of the Indian’s religion and tradition. AIM therefore used the inhabitation of the village to publicize these awful and unlawful conditions that the Indians had lived with since time immemorial.
To my opinion, the Native American’s have been experiencing very dehumanizing acts as the movie depicts. They have experienced oppression of all kinds some of them being so extreme as to lead to death, mass deaths. They deserve better acknowledgement and compensation as human beings. To me the future for them seems brighter as their sentiments have reached a global level and also as there has been many law implementations towards ensuring equality and demolishing any sort of racial discrimination.