October 26, 2008
The Native Americans is one of the Ethnic groups that I belong to. I will discuss how the Native American became a part of the United States. I will then discuss if the group faced prejudice, segregation, racism or any combination of the three. Next I discuss any discrimination that that affected the group. Finally I will discuss if I culturally identify with the ethnic group that I discussed or with the United States mainstream culture.
The Native American was already present when Christopher Columbus arrived in the United States. It is believed that the first Native Americans arrived in the United States through migration. This was thought was to have happened during the ice age. They most likely used a land bridge crossing from northeastern Siberia into Alaska. They then migrated all over the united states making it their home.
The Native Americans faced many challenges after the Europeans moved into the country. When white people first landed on the east coast they pushed Native Americans back with peace treaties, trade agreements and if that failed, violence. Native Americans were seen as savages due to their lifestyles and were forced to the outer edges of cities. N.A.'s were blamed for white deaths which caused many violent clashes. later on when Americans saw the potential for land expansion they just started pushing aggressively by any means possible I will mention a few of the government passed acts that showed forms of prejudice and segregation. The Indian Removal Act (1830). This forced a mass relocation of Indian nations to west of the Mississippi, the most infamous one being the "Trail of Tears" which left half of the Cherokee nation dead. Another act would have been Cherokee Nation v. Georgia (1831).. The trail of tears is probably the best example of all three. The Indian Removal act was passed by the congress. They passed this act in one vote. President Andrew Jackon was only way to...