Essay On Native American Genocide

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“Wait, we cannot break bread with you. You have taken the land, which is rightfully ours. Years from now my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations. Your people will wear cardigans, and drink highballs. We will sell our bracelets by the roadsides, and you will play golf, and eat hot hors d 'oeuvres. My people will have pain and degradation”. (Adams Family Values, Rudnick). One of the most memorable quotes of the Adam’s Family, even though in a children’s movie, holds a lot of power and truth. The colonization of Native Americans land is portrayed often as a very big movement in American history. It is rarely perceived as the tragedy it really was. For a majority of people, this time in American history is known as a triumph …show more content…
Notice in the quote for mass murder to be considered genocide one or more of the five key elements must take …show more content…
In the 1970s, American doctors were sterilizing Native American women. Between the years of 1973 and 1976, 3406 women had been sterilized (US National Library of Medicine). The majority of the women said their doctor forced them to undergo the procedures while others did not even know they were sterile. Thirty-six of these women had been sterilized under the age of 21 (US National Library of Medicine). According to Dr. Pinkerton-Uri, one out of four women had been sterilized without their consent (US National Library of Medicine). Sterilization of a particular group is a major way to put an end to that group. Imposing measure to make sure a certain group cannot reproduce is an act of genocide (Convention of the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide). Americans in the 1970s still wanted the extermination of the Native Americans and were trying to do it by making these women

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