THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN INDIAN LANDS
IT'S ALL INDIAN LAND! THE FIRST AMERICANS!
HOMELAND SECURITY -FIGHTING TERRORISM SINCE 1492
By Ralph Thomas
Take a look at the first map! This was Indian Land in the United States prior to about 1492. It Is important To Understand That Native Americans Did Not Believe In And Did Not Embrace The Idea Of Land Ownership. They Believed That All Land Is Provided By A Higher Power For All Peoples To Use And Use With Respect. Most Of The Land Was Hunting Grounds For The Use Of Various Tribes. Although The Population Was Sparse, There Were Great Native American Cities And Trade Routes. We Just Didn't Learn About Much Of This In Our History Classes.
The First White Man's settlement was Jamestown which was formed in 1607. As the White Man's United States was developed, 13 Colonies Where Formed and Native Americans Were Pushed West Off Their Homeland. The First Government Formed In The United States Was Not By White Men. Native American Tribes In An Area That Included New England And Stretched All The Way Into Ohio Formed A Centralized Government Long Before White Men Settled The 13 Original Colonies. This Consisted Of Six Different Indian Nations Often Called The Kaianerekowa Hotinonsionne. The English Called It The League of Five Nations While The French Called It The Iroquois Confederacy. Ben Franklin Actually Borrowed Wordage From The Indian Nation's Federal Government With His Albany Plan In 1754 Which Was The First Attempt To Create A White Man's Confederation. You Can Read The Document Called The Great Law of Peace of The Longhouse People From The Kaianerekowa Hotinonsionne Confederation By Clicking Here. Note that Both the Charter of the United Nations And The Constitution of the United States Of America Are Founded On The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Great Law of Peace Documents.
A YouTube Video About The Origins Of The
Iroquois Nation And The First Democracy In America
In 1744 a Treaty was signed called the Lancaster Treaty which gave Native Americans use of lands west of the Appalachian Mountains. That Worked For A Time Until The White Man man's Populations And Settlements Grew Out Past The Mountains So White Men Simply Voided The Treaty And Forced Native Americans To Move Farther West.
You Likely Remember These Words, "We Hold These Truths To be Self Evident That All Men Are Created Equal," Is A Great And Nobel Saying That We All Learn About In History. The Words Were Of Course Written By Thomas Jefferson Who Became Wealthy Off The Free Labor Of 200 Black Slaves He Owned. You Might Note That That One Sentence Does Not Include Woman As They Had No Rights. Neither Did They Include Blacks Nor Native Americans. If You Did Not Own Land You Could Not Vote.
In 1830 Andrew Jackson by Treaty Signed A Document Making It Illegal For Indians To Settle Anywhere East Of The Mississippi. They Were All Pushed West. By 1850 (Second Map Above) The West Coast Was Settled By White Men And Texas Was Part Of White Man's Land. So Native Americans Were Then Squeezed Into Lands East Of The West Coast And West Of Texas Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa And Minnesota. The Trial Of Tears Was Forced Migration Of Native Americans In The Southeastern Part Of The United States In Which The US Government Forced Native Americans To Move To Oklahoma. Many Traveled By Foot And Many Died. Once Forced Into Oklahoma, Native Americans Lived In Peace In This Area Until White Settlements Grew Out To That Area Of The Country.
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Of Course, It Was Not That Long Before White Man Wanted Almost All Of The Land In The West Also So Many Indian Wars Were Waged. The Government Went As Far As To Kill Off Almost All Of The Buffalo Which Was The Mainstay For Food, Clothing And Shelter Of Most Native Americans Now Pushed Into The West. The Ideas Was That If The White Man Could Kill Off Almost All Of The Buffalo, Native Americans Would Be Forced Onto Reservations Or Starve To Death. Thousands And Thousands Of Native Americans Died In Indian Wars And Starvation Including Women And Children Because Of White Man's Actions.
As The American Indian Was Forced Onto Reservations, Which was Basically Land White Men Didn't Really Want, Their Children Were Taken From Them And Sent To White Man Boarding Schools. The Idea Was That White Man Could Educate Indians And Take The Indian Out Of Them. During This Time Period, It Was Illegal for Native Americans To Practice Their Traditional Religions (So Much For Freedom Of Religion In The United States) And It Became Illegal for Them To Practice Their Cultural Dances And Ceremonies. None Of This Worked. Native Americans Practiced Their Believes And Culture And Held Their Dances In Secret. Despite Years Away At Boarding Schools, Native Americans Came Back Home And Continued To Practice Their Native American Ways.
Trailer - YouTube Video - Kill The Indian Save The Man!
1869 Forced Boarding Schools For Native American Children
In 1869 the US government forced large numbers of Indian children into Boarding Schools where brainwashing techniques were used to try to assimilate them and teach them the ways of western society. A popular term was "Kill the Indian, Save the man". Children were stolen from their family, humiliated, physically and mentally abused. More than 100,000 Indian children were stripped of their language, cultural heritage and identity.
Today, Indian land is mere spots on a map of what it once was. In was not Until 1948 In Arizona And 1962 In New Mexico That Native Americans Obtained The Right To Vote. Over a period of 500 years, about 100 million Native Americans lost their lives to keep their homelands and over a period of 500 years, Native American populations have been reduced by 95%. The American Indian Has Thus Truely Been Fighting Terrorism Since 1492.
We Have Made Some Progress
We have come a long way. All Americans including Black, White, Red, Male And Female have the right to vote despite the fact that that took several hundred years. We no longer steal Native American children from their family and send them to boarding schools to take the Indian out of them. We no longer outlaw Native American Culture and dances. It also now appears that white America has stopped stealing Indian lands after about 500 years of doing so. Indian lands in many areas of the southwest have built resorts and casinos where white men addicted to gambling come and giving a little back of what their forefathers once took. Some of these small nations are now prospering as a result of this.
Be Sure To Review The Excerpt from We Shall Remain And 500 Nations Videos Listed Below.
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We Shall Remain (DVD)
Five Part Series
They were charismatic and forward thinking, imaginative and courageous, compassionate and resolute, and, at times, arrogant, vengeful, and reckless. For hundreds of years, Native American leaders from Massasoit, Tecumseh, and Tenskwatawa, to Major Ridge, Geronimo, and Fools Crow, valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture. Sometimes, their strategies were militaristic, but more often they were diplomatic, spiritual, legal, and political. From PBS s acclaimed history series, American Experience, in association with Native American Public Telecommunications, We Shall Remain establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. These five documentaries spanning three hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, upending two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land.
500 Nations is an eight-part documentary on four discs that looks back at life in North America before the arrival of the Europeans. It follows the struggles of the Indian Nations as the continent is reshaped by this contact. The series opens with the tragic events at Wounded Knee in 1890, then travels back to the pre-Columbian continent. The final disc concludes with the U.S. government’s attack on native ways resulting in the disbanding of communal lands. The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889 grabs up remnant land given decades before to tribes as a perpetual home. The stunning box set comes with a booklet with each chapter listed for easy reference. The booklet as well as the box set itself are full of beautiful color illustrations as well. A CD-ROM comes with the set and also has numerous graphics and inter-active slide shows. Hosted by Kevin Costner, this is the best and most comprehensive documentary on Indian history ever produced. Region one. Closed Captioned.
An excellent selection of traditional music from the SOAR label brings together songs from the following nations: Mik-Maq, Kiowa (southern Gourd dance included), Blackfoot, Dakota Sioux, Navajo Dineh, Ute, Comanche, Hopi, Aztec, Southern Ute and Lakota Sioux. Some of the better known artists are Brian Akipa, Whitewind, Black Lodge Singers, Cornel Pewewardy, Paul Guy, Earl Bullhead and Jay Begaye. Outstanding liner notes give a history of the persecution of Natives back to colonial times to the present day. A fine educational tool.
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