The Bureau Of Indian Affairs Essay

1431 Words Dec 11th, 2015 null Page
Throughout history, many minority groups have had to constantly combat demoralizing inequalities. American Indians, are just another disregarded minority, who were displaced from their homes and completely taken advantage of by colonist and had to undertake a new reality. Their religion, education system, tribal customs, and languages were all destroyed. In the1960s, American Indians launched the Red Power Movement, where Native youth began fighting for their rights and lands. One of the most influential, social, and historical movement of American Indians was the occupation of Alcatraz. It served as an awakening and influenced other forms of resistance. Not only did people gain consciousness, they also developed powerful community and a strong identity.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), is an agency in the federal government whose mission is to “enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives”(bia.gov). The bureau was formed in 1824 with the purpose to protect American Indians and give them a voice in the U.S government. However, many American Indians did not agree with certain laws that were passed within the BIA and viewed it as another trap, set by the government to control native people. As a result, tensions began to rise and public attention was brought to magnify the BIA failures. A major aspect of this hatred was due to…

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