Indigenous Peoples Of The United States Essay

1047 Words Sep 28th, 2015 5 Pages
Since the initial colonization of the United States, indigenous peoples of the United States have stood firmly against physical and cultural genocide, fighting through negative stereotypes, forced assimilation, the influences of drugs and alcohol, injustice, as well as lack of advocacy even into the present. Native Americans took action through militant and peaceful protests, social action, as well as legal confrontation to combat racism and discrimination in and to their culture.
“Kill the Indian, save the man” was a prime example of the struggle of cultural genocide via forced assimilation. The Indian boarding school projects, where Native American children were taken away from their families, destroying maternal and sibling relationships, and assimilated into an unfamiliar culture. Native children forced into the “Kill the Indian save the man” initiative were disconnected almost entirely from their tribal culture: native children were restricted from speaking their own language, using their traditional names for they received new names, deemed more proper, as well as having their hair, a spiritual statement, cut forcibly in order to adhere to a strict dress code. Through these actions Native American children were forced to utterly abandon all aspects of their culture and replace it with a new one, yet some refused to assimilate entirely, some persevered through this act of cultural genocide. Dennis Banks, or Nowa Cumig, despite being put into a boarding school, became…

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