Oppression In Native Americans

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The Native America Indian Tribe; the Cherokee Nation, is the second largest tribe in the United States of America. In 1985, Wilma Mankiller, a Cherokee woman, was elected as the first female chief to serve the Cherokee Nation. Mankiller was a fierce woman who fought to preserve the Cherokee Nation. She lived during a time of the civil rights movement and struggled to claim equality just as those in the American Deaf community have fought for civil rights. The struggles between the White Americans and Native Americans are fierce, just the same as the comparisons of the hearing world and Deaf world. We have oppressed these two minority groups and forced them to change their lives, normalize them, and live our way of life.
My fascination with American history led me to study of the oppressions of both cultures. I have always wondered about the Native Tribes and the struggles they went through as White Americans pushed to take rightful ownership of this land. In the process, we oppressed the Cherokee Nation. As we continued to build America, we oppressed our own people, our Deaf Americans. Self-identity, education, community, culture, and family life soon began to deteriorate as discrimination, oppression, and the
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For Native children and Deaf children, education was insufficient. Children of both cultures were taken from families, sent to boarding schools and oral schools, and forced to learn the way of the White American or hearing. One may think the children received the upmost education because they had access in math, science, arts, reading, writing, and more. However, these schools forgot one important thing…the children’s natural way of learning. The children were forced to give up their native language and learn English or oral speaking in order to be educated. However, being stripped the use of their language; the natural way of their learning was non-existent therefore

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