Native American And Native Americans Essay

1353 Words Mar 27th, 2016 null Page
Throughout United States history, Americans have treated Native Americans as unequals and forced suffering on Native American tribes. Events such as the Trail of Tears, the Sand Creek Massacre, and the Navajo Long Walk, just to name a few, will forever be a dark moment in American history. After the arrival of the Europeans, the population numbers of Native Americans are estimated from five million to fifteen million, with liberals preferring the higher estimates, and conservatives preferring the lower estimates. Today, the population of Native Americans in the United States is estimated to be two million, which is determined by the census. The number of Native Americans dipped down to nearly 250,000 during the late nineteenth century. The loss of population and treatment of Native Americans should be discussed more throughout high school and college course work, to ensure that this treatment does not occur to any other race. The article, The Popularity of Being Indian: A New Trend in Contemporary American Society, written by acclaimed Native American writer Vine Delorita, Jr. in 1984, was many integral sections which touch on the subjects of Native American self-identification and population numbers. Specifically, the impact of self-identification spans several generations which in turn, creates issues with stereotypes, as well as issues with current sufferings with Native Americans today. It is a miracle that the numbers of Native Americans h reached nearly two million…

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