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Us Government And Native Americans Essay

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Anil BhambiSusan MurphyEnglish 2054 June 2007Native Americans VS the United States GovernmentThroughout my education, one of the most common topics that have been discussed is the relationship between the Native Americans and the United States government. Throughout American history, Native Americans have been treated unfairly, never been given any respect, abused and given punishments for being patient and non violent, and today although relationships have gotten better, they still need more improvement. Between 1785 and 1866, over 400 treaties were made with the Indians, and it is fairly well known that every one of them were broken. (Connor, TO) Furthermore, they have been discriminated in every way possible, which includes economic discrimination, political discrimination, criminal justice discrimination, and legal discrimination.Once the new government was formed of the United States after the Revolutionary War, the founding fathers wanted to create peace with the Native Americans, but this did not happen. The basic reason as to why this didn't happen is because of the American idea of Manifest Destiny, which basically meant that the United States was destined to expand from the eastern side of the United States of America to the shores of the Pacific Coast on the Western side of the United States of America. As American settlers began to move westward, they took over Indian lands and made settlements. Because of controversy and fighting, the settlers began to request for protection by the government from the Indians. Through this, many Indian tribes and nations began to be forced out of their homes by either force or by broken promised treaties.There are many ways the government had affected the Indians immensely. From their living styles, to the way they would function in their everyday lives. One way in which the government had negatively affected the Indians was that the government had moved the Indians from their reservations and placing them into small farms, which were all, clustered together near the army post in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The government had established an army officer at each of the villages to make sure that the Indians have been doing all the work that they were assigned to do. The government had put harsh restrictions on where the Indians were allowed to go and where they weren't. The Indian men could not leave the reservation without a pass that was granted by one of the supervising officers that were established to monitor them. When it came to what the Indians owned, the government had pretty much taken over any of the land or even equipment that the Indians had any possession over. There were various meetings that were established but one that was very significant had made quite a positive impact for the Indians for the time being. The meeting had consisted of Captain Jeffords and Cochise, which had led to a treaty, which had concluded that the Dragoon Mountains belonged to the Chiricahuas. (The North American...

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