How many treaties with Native American people have we broken?

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How many international laws have we violated?

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  • 8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Every single treaty that the US made with Native Americans was broken by the US government. In 1980, the Sioux Nation actually took the US government to the Supreme Court for violating the Fort Laramie treaty (In which the US acknowledged the Black Hills as the Sioux Homeland) and won. They are still unable to collect, though, as the US won't return the stolen land. They offered a cash settlement instead, which the Sioux refused. That money is still sitting in escrow to this day.

    Source(s): Navajo
  • jeudy
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Broken Treaties

  • 5 years ago

    We do have sovereignty but it's limited. Because each tribe is different from one another, economically, internal governments, populations, and land area, that saying all tribes should be soverign would not be so wise. Many tribes have casino and natural resources which allow them to be finanically secure but others don't and those are the one's who rely on the government, not only federal but states for assistance and for certain programs. There are no tribes out there who are completely self-sufficient. Because of where I work I know first hand that even tribes with large casinos and members get plenty of $$, still have money coming in from the feds and the state. Interal governments, come on, you are prob from the rez, like me and know damn well how rez politics works (doesn;t work). Governments change and interal bickering and yadda yadda yadda, nothing ever gets done and we never move forward. Stuck in the same rut. Some tribes would run themselves into the ground and there is way too much slight hands of those in power of tribes. Some tribes have far too many people to fully take charge or some tribes have only a few members, how's sovereignty going to help them. The really big tribes already have it tough because some places have huge land bases. One central government often isn't the best solution. Honestly, tribes need to get their sh*& together and stop all the internal bickering, officials need to stop taking money and sitting on their hands when issues come up, and we all need to stop lookng for a free handout. There are the talkers and the do-ers, I hope all the NA's reading this will become do-ers. The fed gov is already in bad shape and many non-NA americans are suffering as well, not just NA's. All of us are trying to improve our own situations and people are just trying to live...especially many on the rez, so sovereignty would take a back seat to working and money.

  • Jay
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    It's believed that the US Federal government made over 500 treaties with the Native Americans - and broke every single one of them, usually with catastrophic effect.

    There were no international laws in that era though.

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  • Thomas
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    A better way to frame this question is: "How many treaties has the US honored (or NOT broken)?"

    Every treaty the US made with my tribe was broken, and most tribes would have the same interaction. I know of very few original treaties that have been honored.

  • 4 years ago

    I believe the first treaty in America signed March 22, 1621, between Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoag, and the Pilgrims, was never violated during the subsequent life of Massasoit, some 40 years.This may be America's only exception.

  • 5 years ago

    If we had any honor or decency we'd return the land to the descendants of the original people. Since they took better care of it it could save the nation and the world from the coming disasters of climate change. If we would be wise and willing to change ourselves and eschew the shortsightedness of the greed that brought this about it could happen. However there is little time left as the escalation increases exponentially.

  • 6 years ago

    Jay, since when does the US recognize international law?

  • 6 years ago

    There is one agreement that the US government kept, "WE will take your land by force."

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    All of them. It's all or nothing with goverment

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