This is a reseach paper on Native American contributions to World War II and the United States' reparations.

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On December 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. When the United States entered World War II, the American Indian nation responded with celerity. For centuries, American Indians have fought side by side with Americans, and sacrificed a great deal to protect their country when it was being threatened. The American Indians put aside their differences with the United States, and fulfilled their tribal instinct to battle with the enemy. Despite the American Indians' enormous contributions to World War II, Americans continued to neglect and impose their values on the American Indians.

From as far back as the American Revolution, American Indians allied with the United States to protect our nation. Many Indian tribes fought with the United States during the War of 1812, and as auxiliary troops in the Civil War. It is also estimated that over 12,000 American Indians served in the military during the first World War (Twentieth 1).

"American Indians understood the need to defend one's own land, and they understood the fundamental concepts of fighting for life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness" (Morgan 2). For centuries American Indians were able to overcome their resentment for the United States and respond when their nation was being threatened.

American Indians possessed such a willingness to fight for their country because they were able to recapture their traditional Indian virtues (Washburn 234). "The real secret which makes the Indian such an outstanding soldier is his enthusiasm for the fight" (Twentieth 2). Such an abundant amount of American Indians attempted to join the army that well-intentioned Indians were turned away from the draft because years of neglect had taken its toll (Morgan 2). "I don't want to bit 'em! I just want to shoot...