Native Americans Quality Of Life Essay

790 Words Feb 10th, 2016 4 Pages
“Only when the last tree has died and the last river poisoned and the last fish caught will we realize we cannot eat money” This is a Cree Indian Proverb that shows how the Native Americans felt about the policies in which the United States instituted for them. These policies gave them land with no food, rivers with no fish, and money with no value. Americans saw themselves as generous, but they gave them nothing of meaning with these policies. So what did these policies that had no usefulness to the Native Americans actually do for them it lowered their quality of life, changed it lowered their quality of life, changed their religious views, and their culture was diminished. Native Americans quality of life was lowered by the policies enforced by the Americans. Three things affected by the lowered quality of life were their health, their emotional state, and their rationality . First, the Native’s had to deal with the physical health issues that had come from the Americans moving into their country. Diseases such as measles, smallpox, and whooping cough swept the reservations as a severe epidemic. With the lack of medical supplies there was very little a doctor could do even if they had one near. As seen in the movie when Charles Eastman has so many people in his office sick and he has no way to help them. Second, the Native’s emotional state was affected by the policies. The people became desperate, which the Americans mistook for violence. In the movie it showed…

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