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The Sioux, a tribe of Native Americans, have faced religious oppression for centuries, thus hindering their ability to achieve the American Dream. The American Dream should be accessible to all people, but this group of people continues to fight against religious discrimination every day of their lives. When the Englishmen started settling in America, the more harsh and frequent their oppression became. Indian tribes are separated from society by placing them in Indian Reserves to prevent the spreading of their religious beliefs. Judge John Marshall after careful consideration came to the conclusion that all tribes are separate nations, but our society continues to discriminate against their presence on the continent that was theirs first. The oppression of all Natives dates back to Columbus’ arrival in 1492, where Columbus immediately took control of the people by enslaving them. Columbus’ mission was to spread Christianity throughout the world, but unfortunately Columbus did not go about this in a loving manner (as he is called to do.) Instead of teaching them, he used force; and if the natives did not convert, they were murdered (Bill Delaney). More than three hundred years later, after America had become a country, the natives were still being discriminated against. When Jackson became president, he signed the Indian Removal act of 1830 which made forced indians east of the Appalachian mountains, where they would not disrupt any of the white men (Cherokee nation). Jackson was only procrastinating when he pushed the indians further west, they were to be dealt with a different time. A time when Jackson did not have to handle them. President Ulysses S. Grant created the first Indian reservation to make peace between the nativ... ... middle of paper ... ...Transcription." Archives.gov. National Archives, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2014. . Delaney, Bill. "Columbus Day, A Tribute to a Racist Killer." Oppression.org. Oppression, 9 Oct. 2000. Web. 29 Mar. 2014. . "Fundamental Principles of Tribal Sovereignty." Americanindianpolicycenter.org. American Indian Policy Center, 1 Nov. 2005. Web. 29 Mar. 2014. . "Indian Reservations." Indians.org. Indians, n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. . Laycock, Douglas. "Peyote, Wine, and the First Amendment." Religion-online.org. Religion-Online, n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2014. .
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