Native Americans' Civil Rights Struggle

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The Native Americans have come across long journey of difficult times since the occupation of their land by European settlers. There are still two sides of a coin- a world of civilization and a world of underdeveloped society in this one country- USA. The paradox is that the constitution which seems to be a model of democracy to many nations of the world lacks a lot for not acting accordingly. Those organized and unorganized struggles of Native Americans were challenged by the heavily armed white majority settlers. This history is among the worst American experience because of the massacre and the violation against human right. In order to be heard, they protest, occupy land, and write books. The Native Americans have raised several human and civil right issues in several ways for hundreds of years including the seizing of Alcatraz Island in 1969, the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, and the consequences had left a meaningful impact in their lives.
In 1969 Native American college students at Alcatraz island occupied the empty federal prison. They did it to get media attention and to push the government to listen to their social, economic and political problems. The Alcatraz proclamation that set up by the students was a clear indication of grieves of the Indians of all tribes (Grossman). The proclamation had the power to incorporate all the historical development that had happened for centuries. They requested Caucasians to stop the severe oppressions of all kinds of rights. The proclamation also listed what needs to be done. They requested for modern health facilities, fresh water, and industrialization in the reservation. These were the causes for their high unemployment rate, lack of health, and education. For example, th...

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...ot satisfied with the government’s policies that put them away from their country’s system. The struggle for equal opportunity of Native Americans has long way to go to make them part of the “new land” which is old enough to them. Their representation in government offices, Media, and investment areas are almost null. Overall, they are hardly participating in every game of this country; they still watch from distance.

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Grossman Mark. The Native American Right’s Movement. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1996. Print
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