Native American Prejudice

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These people began migrating thirty thousand years before Christopher Colombus

'discovered' the Americas. Native Americans migrated from Asia, crossing a land bridge

where the Bering Strait off the coast of Alaska is today. Over the centuries these people

spread throughout the continents of North and South America. Since the arrival of the

Europeans in 1492 the American Indian has been dehumanized, decivilized and redefined

into terms that represent a dominate European view. The Spanish explorers under

Colombus were the first to use the terms 'Indian' to mean a Native American. These

explorers were under the false impression that the had reached the West Indies. This term

is still used today.

From the first interaction with the native peoples the Europeans inatiated dominance

and superiority. There are three distinctive reasons that the Europeans were able to

dominate and later oppress the Native American culture such as; the Native American

relgious beleifs and practices, the lack of interaction between Native Americans ans

Europeans and the lack of orginization of the Indian tribes.

All of these aspects had a

strong influence the Europeans to become dominate figures on the Native American land.

These factors can still be attributed for the way that Native Americans are viewed in

society today.

After the Revolutionary War the new United States government sought to gain land

through treaties. The payment offered for the land was far from fair, however, and when

Native Americans resisted the surrender of their homeland the US government simply

used superior military power to evict them. The Europenas knew nothing of the new

civilizations they encountered. Most Native American tribes viewed the lands they

occupied to be no one man's property. They believied that they were alowed to occupy it

by the grace of the 'Great Spirit', in return the tribes took care...