Throughout the history of the United States, the Native American people have been the victim of the European immigrants that came as early as the 1400’s. These immigrants, for the majority of their American occupation, cheated, uprooted, and killed the Native peoples of America, and the Natives endured it for hundreds of years. Today, they are an accepted part of American society as people are more tolerant, but it was not until very recently that they began to move towards assimilation. World War II, a terrible war that raged around the globe, affected the Native Americans as well. However, this effect is positive in many ways. Many Native Americans participated in World War II, and were highly respected for their courage and valor. Out of all the tribes who went to war in World War II, the Navajo was the most significant tribe because they sent people who created the group called the Code Talkers The Navajo’ participation in World War II, on the battlefield and on the homefront, helped the Americans immensely to win the war and affected the lives of the Native American demographic as a whole in a way such that they became more equal in mainstream American society because it opened a door to integration between whites and Native Americans, brought about many new opportunities for them, and lessened tribal influence.
Before World War II, Native Americans were a strongly oppressed minority in America. Their population just before Columbus arrived, which was estimated at anywhere between 1,000,000 and 12,000,000, sharply declined from the time of the first American explorers until the 1880’s. At its lowest estimate, the Native American population ...
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