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The Worth Of Native Americans Essay

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When you feel worthless, and are told you are completely worthless, and start to believe it, would you have the strength to break down the walls? As a Native American it was hard, and still is, to feel as though you “belonged” in America. They struggle with high rates of suicide, are told they aren’t going to be anything but and Indian, and some overcome. But why do they have to be put through it?

From the time the first settlers arrived, Native Americans lost all control over their land; and, in the 19th century, when they gave all their land to the government, they were also promised health care benefits. They relied on the government to give them the help they needed and when the sequester came, and budgets were cut, they stopped getting help. With the less help, came more deaths. When you have problems and don’t have help, it can get hard. Without support, they felt they were left with no other option but to take their own lives. When the Native Americans were promised the health facilities and they were taken away, it hurt them mentally and physically. The mental aspect of it, is that they couldn’t get any help, and were probably too ashamed to tell their families. The physical aspect, is that it hurt their population; the Native Americans that die, the less the culture lives. When you get dependent on something like the mental health help, and you need it, and it’s taken away, you have to learn how to adapt to life without it. That couldn’t be very easy.

When living in a world where you are told, and constantly reminded that you will not amount to anything but a Native American, it influences all of the choices that you make. Native Americans were expected to fail; not matter what they did. They weren’t thought to be as worthy or good enough as the “true” Americans. Junior was a child who went through schooling on an indian reservation until he went to public schools; he was always told he wasn’t goo enough. Junior was told he could become a doctor...

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