The new Colonial government believed in ‘Manifest Destiny’; a term that meant the United States was ‘destined’ to stretch from coast to coast across Turtle Island.11 This thinking wiped out most of the indigenous populations. Disease and a deliberate policy of annihilation used by the French, ...
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Some headway seems to have been made: In 2000, the BIA made a formal apology for their participation in the ethnic cleansing of America 's Indigenous peoples. Every November is "Declaration of National Native American Heritage" month, giving credit to the importance of Native American history. The reality is that today 's policies of the US Government regarding the Native population, merely reinforce and maintain the oppression of the Indigenous Peoples. I will argue that the steps that have been taken, many of them agreed upon by both Government agencies and Native Americans, are not working in Native Americans’ best interests. Are there possible solutions? If so, what steps, realistically, can be taken to improve the situation… steps that will finally truly be in the best interests of what remains of American’s indigenous peoples?
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