The Bureau Of Indian Affairs Essay

1511 Words Dec 9th, 2015 null Page
Throughout history many minority groups have to constantly combat injustices. American Indians were displaced from their homes and completely taken advantage of by colonist and had to undergo a new reality. Their religion, education system, tribal customs, and languages were all destroyed. In 1960s, American Indians began the Red Power Movement where Native youth began fighting for their rights. One of the most influential social and historical movements for American Indians was the occupation of Alcatraz. It influenced other acts of resistance. Not only did people gain consciousness they also developed community and a strong identity.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has been into existence since 1824, and is an agency in the federal government that’s 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 purpose of the Bureau is to protect American Indians and give them a voice in political power. However, many American Indians did not agree with certain laws that were passed within the BIA and viewed this bureau as a failure. As a result, tensions began to rise and public attention was brought to the BIA failure, a major aspect of this hatred was due to the (BIA) founding traditional boarding schools based on the assimilation model of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, where children were immersed in…

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