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Politics And The Reduction Of Native American Land

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Early in the Earth’s history North America was inhabited by many Indian tribes such as the Cherokee, Ute, Navajo, Apache, Comanche, and Hopi just to name a few. Most of them were hunters and gathers. They flourished off the land, worshiped the land, and made sure to take care of the land. Indians controlled the whole North American continent with very little issues. Then in 1492 a white man named Columbus discovered North America. Over a long period of time more and more white people came and in the 1700’s governments were formed (pushing natives out of their land). This is when political issues between the natives and the whites began because of land and there were constant ...view middle of the document...

This is one of the main reasons why misunderstandings have contributed to the reduction of Native American land. For Example, the Public Land Act authorized the federal government to sell parcels of publicly owned land to private individuals. Some of that "publicly owned land" was actually the living places of natives first. However, the fact that natives did not have any proof such as deeds of leases (which would be politically correct for the whites) created huge misunderstandings and resulted in them losing their land. This also shows that organization has been helpful to whites and hurtful to natives.
Political (government) organization between the natives and whites has been completely opposite for the most part of history. As I said before white style of government has always had a king or president, established sections like the Senate or the House of Representatives, and bureaucracies that carryout federal action. Whereas natives have mostly been extremely localized to their people through tribal practices. The whites are inherently very large and the...

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