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? asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 10 years ago

genocide of the native american people?

lately i've been trying to learn more about history, and like i've known for a while about the genocide but i don't know exactly what happened since i haven't been taught this in school yet. so can anyone explain what happened?

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  • 10 years ago
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    The genocide of Native Americans is the legacy of mainstream society right across the continent. The genocide of Native Americans has been ongoing in every definition that has been identified, to list a few.


    The payment for Indian scalps, including the scalps of Indian children, was written in the laws of Massachusetts. "The Acts and Resolves of the Province of Massachusetts Bay," Vol. I, states The rate for Indian scalps began at 50 pounds. The price for the scalp of Indian children under 10 was 10 pounds of silver.


    The scalp bounty laws instituted an economic venture between the Mexican government and American citizens. Between 1835 and the 1880s, the Mexican authorities paid private armies to hunt Native Americans, paying per kill and using scalps as receipts.

    The Scalp Industry


    • • CAUSING SERIOUS BODILY OR MENTAL HARM to members of group; Deliberately infliction on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (these include)

    - Forced Relocation

    - Death Marches

    - Segregation and Confinement (reservations)

    There were “hundreds” of forced relocations

    The “Trail of Tears” refers to the relocation of only the Cherokee but all tribes had similar experiences. The Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Shawnee, Miami, Delaware, Ottawa, Wyandot, Potawatomi, Chippewa, Kickapoo, Navajo on and on. Very few tribes escaped forced relocation.

    There were death marches over thousands of miles and lasting for months, with little food or shelter. Then the people were left at their destination, in unfamiliar surroundings to starve to death.

    Government Treaty Sent Tribe On Death March To Oklahoma


    • • Imposing measures intended to PREVENT BIRTHS WITHIN THE GROUP;

    Thousands of Native American men and women were sterilized right up to the 1980s. Even though the investigations began in the late 1970s

    A Look at the Indian Health Service Policy of Sterilization, 1972-1976


    A History of Governmentally Coerced Sterilization: The Plight of the Native American Woman


    • • FORCIBLY TRANSFERRING CHILDREN of the group to another group.

    From1840 to1989 Native American children were forced to attend government-run residential schools in the United States and Canada.

    The government knew that more than 50% of the children died in those schools and did nothing. Children were physically abused, sexually abused and murdered. A conservative estimate is that 100,000 Native American children died, in Government run Boarding schools. (eg. File Hills Industrial school - 69% of students died. At Upker Island - 40% of children died)

    Most people here were alive when Native American children were killed in government run Boarding schools. Thousands who survived those schools are still alive. Many of the "White" perpetrators are still alive and they were never held accountable.

    SOUL WOUND The Legacy of Native American Schools




    Boarding School: Historical Trauma among Alaska’s Native People


    2003 - Six members of the Sioux Nation who were physically and sexually abused in government run boarding schools filed a class-action lawsuit against the United States on behalf of hundreds of thousands of mistreated Native Americans.

    Zephier, et al. (Sioux Nation). v. United States of America Complaint


    A 2001 report by the Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada

    "The report says church officials killed children by beating, poisoning, electric shock, starvation, prolonged exposure to sub-zero cold while naked, and medical experimentation, including the removal of organs and radiation exposure


    The genocide of Native American did not happen100s of years ago. . . It's been happening for hundreds of years.


    Source(s): Truth & Reconciliation-Residential Schools Nature of residential schools, laws against natives, They Came for the Children http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IuWWwmlTt0&feature...
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago


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  • 5 years ago

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    The tip of the tongue is the easiest to control, but is not what is used the most in singing. When you sing, the tip of your tongue should be lightly pressed against the back of the lower teeth. This will ensure that it doesn't get in the way, or hinder the middle, sides, or back of the tongue when attempting certain notes. The back of the tongue, probably one of the hardest areas to control, should be the section that is relaxed. Once you get used to keeping the tip of your tongue lightly pressed against the back of your teeth, this should be easier to do. You can even put the tip a little lower if you feel it's in the way or becomes irritated. So, the back of the tongue should be relaxed, yet ready for use. You should be able to control it a little bit at this point. As you practice singing a little more, try to notice what the back and middle section of your tongue are doing. On lower tones or notes, the tongue will lie flat. On higher tones, the contrary. When it comes to lower tones, the tongue doesn't have as much work to do because the lower sound that is emitted originates in the chest cavity and is formed through the throat. With higher tones, however, the higher the tone, the more 'active' this back section of the tongue must be. Now that the tongue has been covered in some detail, it should be noted that singing is difficult on the muscles and surrounding cavities and ligaments. However, difficult does not mean painful. If in hopes of reaching a certain tone or trying to hold a sound, you thereby cause stress to your neck or throat muscles, you are not going to last long. Controlling these muscles, as steadily as possible, and working them to a certain point each day, without strain, is one of the most important factors when it comes to practicing and learning how to sing. Remember, you should never feel pain nor strain.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    There are some good books out there that will give you a more honest history about the genocide of our peoples than anything you will learn in school. Like Dylan said, there was a scalp bounty on us, out here in Calif too. The first American Governor of Calif ordered our extermination, from 1853 to 1903, they could kill us wherever the found us. Up at fort Ross, the white people invited the NDNs to a big time with a few steers being cooked up. The only drawback was the white people laced the meat with strychnine to kill us off. MANY died writhing in pain from this trick. They sent treaty negotiators thru to get our lands. We negotiated in good faith, and ceded lands to the govt. Congress decided not to ratify the treaties, but upheld the "sale" of our lands, and left us homeless in our own country. Makes me want to sing my country tis of thee ennit? There is a book called when the great spirit died and it tells a lot about the history of Calif when the Americans came. OK, I'm ready for the thumbs down too!

    Source(s): Calif NDN
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  • tuffy
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    The American colonies were concerned with the native Americans they encountered. Except for Jamestown, and the Quakers acceptance of the Indians in Pennsylvania, very few friendly relationships existed. As the frontier moved west the indians were pushed out of their native lands. The Indians embraced the lands as part of their lives, it was often a religious relationship. The colonists wanted to use the lands and thus a conflict ensued. By the 1800s there was a major push to either control the Indians, starve the Indians or kill the Indians. The Indian conflicts before 1865 were sometimes explosive, after 1865 they were all deadly with the Indians being killed or starved to death. This did not end until 1890s. Helen Hunt Jackson's book entitled A Century of Shame gives a vivid account of native Americans versus the American federal government.

  • 10 years ago

    The initial deaths came because of the common cold. The natives didn't have the immunities needed and it took huge numbers from their population in what is often referred to as a virgin field epidemic. Than some diseases snuck through to which they also didn't have resistances. Like small pox, mumps, new forms of influenza and of course the black plague. All of these new diseases decimated the native populations and destroyed several communities. This left them weakened and unable to fight fof the hordes of european settlers. Pair that with the fact that Europeans had been fighting wars on a much larger scale and much higher degree of organization and it was really a foregone conclusion. Many tribes that fought back turned to guerrilla fighting but the American army's counter to that was to attack the towns/villages and kill the women and children and if they escaped it didn't matter because they were only secondary targets anyway. The primary goal was to destroy the natives food stores and when possible steal the horses. Thus leaving them to starve with no choice but to bow to the invader or die of starvation. There were several times when it seemed that a region would be bypassed since it was empty or devoid of any real wealth and then something would happen, like a silver or gold mine striking pay dirt. Or perhaps an oil interest would be discovered. Or a railroad wanted to use a shorter route. Or perhaps a greedy farmer would decide that that acreage on the reservation would do better as part of his farm and guess who the courts favored....

  • 10 years ago

    First, and AGAIN, there are no NATIVE American people. We all emigrated from somewhere else. The First Peoples or First Nations came from Asia by the land bridge and by large outrigger canoes across the Pacific.

    Second, there was NO GENOCIDE. Genocide is a 20th century term that describes the INTENTIONAL killing of an entire group of people. You can not put 20th or 21st century ideas back into history, that is nothing more than a distortion of the facts. The First Peoples were not one group, they were MANY groups of people. The vast majority of indian deaths occurred because of accidental transmission of diseases such as smallpox which the Europeans had an immunity against and the indians did not.

    The Cahokia mound people had a population of around 100,000 in the 13th century and were completely wiped out by the 1400's, an entire civilization destroyed by unknown causes a century BEFORE Columbus landed on a Caribbean Island.

    Finally, when one civilization grows too large for its confines, whether it be Hebrews, Canaanites, Akkadians, Phoenicians, Persians, Mongols, Greeks, Romans, Picts, Celts, Saxons, Normans, Comanche, or Lakota, the stronger civilization must push out their neighbors, destroy them, or assimilate them. What was done to the First Peoples when the Europeans arrived in the Western Hemisphere was no different from what they did to the other tribes and no different from what other civilizations have done throughout time and continues to happen today.

    There was NO genocide of First Peoples or First nations by ANY legitimate definition.


    The liars are out in force once again claiming falsehoods about genocide and being Native Americans, too bad none of them are smart enough or brave enough to learn actual FACTS because that would destroy their beliefs and would force them to go out and do something for a living rather than just complaining about their past.

  • 10 years ago

    The Answer to this question is filled with a lot of pain, bloodshed, and things this country is just not really ready to admit.

    There are several of us on here. Your question has been found.

    As I've said before, be aware of what you ask. You might just get a real answer.

    Feel free to look through my old answers.

    Source(s): Skindian
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    You have to learn a little more before you can ask a general question like this.

    It is easy just to say Europe bad/ Indians good but there is more to the history than just that.

  • 10 years ago

    columbus found america and killed all the native americans on it

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