Essay on Native American Genocide

1347 Words Sep 27th, 1999 6 Pages
b. causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;<br>c. deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;<br>d. imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;<br>e. forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.<br>(Destexhe).<br><br>In this paper, I will argue that the act of genocide as here defined, has been committed by the United States of America, upon the tribes and cultures of Native Americans, through mass indoctrination of its youths. Primary support will be drawn from Jorge Noriega's work, "American Indian Education in the United States." The paper will then culminate with my personal views on the subject, …show more content…
Students were compelled to undergo daily instruction in Christianity. In addition, only the use of English was accepted within these schools. "The food was not sufficiiently nourishing…health supervision was generally neglected…A sincere effort was made to develop the type of school that would destroy tribal ways" (Noriega, 382). While being held captive at these schools, the students were forced to learn an idealism completely foreign to them. They would study histories, which had no significance to there lives. "The books talk to him [the student] of a world which in no way reminds him of his own," (Noriega, ??). This is exactly how the students must have felt; as if they were in another world. <br><br>To compound the torture, the 'students' at these institutions were forced to work as maintainers and farmers in order provide for the continued existence of the very establishments, which were destroying them. The methods of forced labor were considered, by the educators to be a "means of 'developing' the native 'character,' and as a way of financing further expansion of the system itself" (Noriega, 379). The "rigid military style" enforced by the schools contributed to the assimilation of the Native Americans' culture. The students began to not only "think white" but also to, "work white" (Noriega, 384).<br><br>To this point, I have provided enough evidence to make a hypocrite of the United States. However, it is my intent to prove that the United States has

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