Native American Genocide Essay

5157 Words Oct 16th, 2014 21 Pages
Was U.S. Policy Toward Native Americans During the Periods of Expansion, Colonization, and Early U.S. an act of Genocide ?

“To conquer a nation, one must first disarm its citizens.”
- Adolf Hitler, 1933

Abiona Yemane US History Ms.Brown
Section F
Independent Research Project
4 June 2014

In August of 1492 Columbus set sail from Spain hoping to soon arrive in Asia, but a few months later he arrived in the Bahamas and claimed it as new land. He thought he had discovered a new land, but little did he know— or care—that this land was already inhabited by a group of Indigenous peoples called Native Americans. Columbus proceeded to take over this land, exploit it for its riches, and abuse
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During the period of expansion, many young Native Americans were taken from their homes and forcibly educated in the western ways. Trabich states :
These children were forcibly removed from their parents by soldiers and many times never saw their families until later in their adulthood. This was after their value systems and knowledge had been supplanted with colonial thinking. One of the foundations of the U.S. imperialist strategy was to replace traditional leadership of the various indigenous nations with indoctrinated "graduates" of white "schools," in order to expedite compliance with U.S. goals and expansion.

After being estranged from everything they knew, the young Native Americans were brainwashed then returned to their homes. Then while in their homes, they were placed in leadership positions, this helped the U.S. greatly because they could now place a westernized person within the different Native American groups. So, because the young people were Native Americans, taking them from their homes was not seen as abduction, but instead as an opportunity to enlighten them. The settlers saw westernizing the young Natives as being mutually beneficial. While the Native Americans were becoming civilized, the U.S. was getting the opportunity to put westernized minds and opinions back into the Native American tribes. This preface of the novel, by Ward Churchill, Kill

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