Native Americans

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Towards the development of the United States of America there has always been a question of the placement of the Native Americans in society. Throughout time, the Natives have been treated differently like an individual nation granted free by the U.S. as equal U.S. citizens, yet not treated as equal. In 1783 when the U.S. gained their independence from Great Britain not only did they gain land from the Appalachian Mountains but conflict over the Indian policy and what their choice was to do with them and their land was in effect. All the way from the first presidents of the U.S. to later in the late 19th century the treatment of the Natives has always been changing. The Native Americans have always been treated like different beings, or savages, and have always been tricked to signing false treaties accompanying the loss of their homes and even death happened amongst tribes. In the period of the late 19th century, The U.S. government was becoming more and more unbeatable making the Natives move by force and sign false treaties. This did not account for the seizing of land the government imposed at any given time (Boxer 2009). As the West of the Appalachian Mountains became known as the “Indian Land” proclaimed by the King of England in 1763, as properly known as the Proclamation Line of 1763, the U. S. government believed it to be part of their land after their gain of independence from Britain. The reason for this happening was due to the fact that the Indians lost to the French in the French and Indian war which was also known as the brutal Seven Years’ War from 1754-1763. As a result, The U.S. took advantage of the situation and insisted on acquiring the land of the Indians in the West through three different policies (Chris ... ... middle of paper ... ...en to the status of the Native Americans in the U.S. and they should not be looked down because they are different but respected for their desire to continue living the life they grew up in. Bibliography Boxer, Andrew. "Native Americans and the Federal Government | History Today." History Today | The World's Best History Writing. Last modified 2009. Chris , Smallbone. "How the West was lost: Chris Smallbone explains the effect of United States expansion on the native Americans of the Great Plains in the mid-19th century." History today. no. 4 (2006): 42. Fellmen, David. "Federalism and the Commerce Clause, 1937-1947." The Journal of politics. no. 01 (1948): 155-167. Hegreness, Matthew J. "An organic law theory of the Fourteenth Amendment: the Northwest Ordinance as the source of rights, privileges, and immunities." The Yale law journal. no. 7 (2011): 1820.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that the first policy that pushed for the involvement between the indians and the u.s. government was actually a push for peace between these two groups.
  • Explains that congress should have the right to directly trade or regulate commerce with the indian tribes, foreign nations, and among other states.
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