The Plight of the Native American
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Jan. 18, 2013 - Presenting a different picture: Program sheds light on portrayal of Native Americans in cinema - Auburn Reporter

Jan. 18, 2013 - Presenting a different picture: Program sheds light on portrayal of Native Americans in cinema - Auburn Reporter | The Plight of the Native American | Scoop.it
Much of what we think we know we learn from movies.

This includes pervasive impressions and prejudices about Native Americans.

Via MARTHA MAIINGAN
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An interesting view of how easily the American idea of the Native American has been swayed by celluloid. Every range of perspective has offered the American people a new idea, and with it a new stereotype, about the Native peoples of America. Perhaps this is why so many stereotypes, both good and bad, are so prevalent in popular culture.

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Native Americans’ unemployment has been above 10 percent for five years now

Native Americans’ unemployment has been above 10 percent for five years now | The Plight of the Native American | Scoop.it
Nearly 400 years after a notable feast, Native Americans lag on at least one stat: jobs.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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The article states that more research is needed to determine why Native American unemployment is so high compared to the rest of the United States. Yet, plenty of research has agreed that the underlying reasons are in the hands of white America. Though it is doubtful that any major news organization will run a story on that inconvenient fact.

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Common Native American Stereotypes Debunked

Common Native American Stereotypes Debunked | The Plight of the Native American | Scoop.it
Growing up in the Midwest, I heard many things said about the Native American ethnicity.

Via moniqueblog.net
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So many stereotypes were created by those who oppressed and dismembered Native culture, unfortunately many of these stereotypes still exist today, both good and bad. The idea of dressing like 'Indians' to celebrate their culture is quite like dressing up in black face to celebrate African American culture. Unless you respect and understand a culture, don't try to mimic it.

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moniqueblog.net's curator insight, August 18, 2013 6:45 PM

Great article about Native American stereotypes

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Latest Graduation Rate Report Affirms Native Education Needs Improvement

Latest Graduation Rate Report Affirms Native Education Needs Improvement | The Plight of the Native American | Scoop.it
The Department of Education's latest report shows just how dismal graduation rates for Native American students are and that improvements are needed.
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The results of graduation statistics among Native tribes have never been as high as those of other Americans. The education is sub-par, like that of many under served minority populations in the United States. This results in a population that cannot compete with those around them and a culture of undereducated Native Americans who will one day lead their tribes. This vicious cycle almost seems intentional.

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7 Endangered Native American Languages

Many Native American languages are still very much alive, with a significant number of speakers. But there are just as many that are in danger of dying out, as fluent speakers age and few of the younger generation attempt to learn their languages.

Via Athanasios Karavasilis
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With a history of 'removing the savage from the man', the US has effectively facilitated the destruction of not only culture, but language. There are many languages that have actually become extinct and many more that are on the verge of extinction. I renewed effort to re-establish these languages among their tribes is of great importance to the cultural identity of so many Native Americans.

 

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5 Ways The Government Keeps Native Americans In Poverty - Forbes

5 Ways The Government Keeps Native Americans In Poverty - Forbes | The Plight of the Native American | Scoop.it
5 Ways The Government Keeps Native Americans In Poverty Forbes Chief Justice John Marshall set Native Americans on the path to poverty in 1831 when he characterized the relationship between Indians and the government as “resembling that of a ward...

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The United States government may recognize Native Americans as their own respective 'nations', but in practice this is hardly the case. It smacks of recognition without representation, done in way that is meant to continue the status quo while simultaneously giving white American the absolution it feels it needs for 500 years of genocide and oppression.

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Morgan Burian's curator insight, March 16, 2014 1:22 PM

Although compensation for any one culture for decimation from another is tough to find the happy medium.  Every culture at some point has been discriminated against; finding how to work together and making sure that each culture is preserved should be the goal.

 

Many states have attempted to make apologies and compensate those that can prove damage and pain was done.  How are many of these tribes to prove this if their lineages are hard to trace?  Their young were taken from them and sent to boarding schools to live; erasing any signs that they were once Native American.  Replacing that with a new identity, a White one that they will struggle with identifying with.

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Multicultural perspectives strengthen Native American identity, says Stanford ... - Stanford Report

Multicultural perspectives strengthen Native American identity, says Stanford ... - Stanford Report | The Plight of the Native American | Scoop.it
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Multicultural perspectives strengthen Native American identity, says Stanford ...

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The author suggests that in order to properly strengthen Native identity, the tribes must engage in multicultural (read:American) discourse. He failed to consider the fact that for 500 years, Native tribes have had white culture forced upon them causing them to lose much of the culture they once had. The only way to strengthen cultural identity is to first find it, to the exclusion of all others, and then learn to expand cross-culturally. This is not to say that they should not be educated about other cultures, however the author is naive to think that integrating white culture is the best way to go about restoring a dying way of life.

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The Circle | NEWS FROM A NATIVE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE - Facing Pipelines and Mines

The Circle | NEWS FROM A NATIVE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE - Facing Pipelines and Mines | The Plight of the Native American | Scoop.it
The Circle: News From A Native American Perspective.
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The US government, along with big oil, are attempting to establish fracking operations and run oil pipelines through lands guaranteed to Native tribes by treaties signed in the 1800's. Though some of these tribes had negotiated pipelines through Native lands previously, the tribes have come to understand the dangers and are no longer willing to allow more sites and lines to be built near or on their land. The issue is that the companies who were previously negotiated with do not wish to renegotiate. There is little help on this issue coming from state and federal authorities, especially in light of major spills on Native lands in the past. Seems the Natives are once again, on their own.

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Columbus? It's 'Indigenous People's Day' in Minneapolis

Columbus? It's 'Indigenous People's Day' in Minneapolis | The Plight of the Native American | Scoop.it

Columbus? It's 'Indigenous People's Day' in Mpls.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Ringing Shield Drum circle sang before the Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to recognize Indigenous People's Day.


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In order to understand the plight of the Native American people and their culture, it is important to understand who and what we recognize as the 'first' in America. By taking back Columbus Day by replacing the name with 'Indigenous People's Day', the country as a whole can begin to recognize it's actual origins and perhaps some day, stop celebrating the man who began the Native American genocide.

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Native American Genocide

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The American Indian Holocaust, known as the “500 year war” and the “World’s Longest Holocaust In The History Of Mankind And Loss Of Human Lives.” Genocide and Denying ...

Via Mr. Hladis
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The US government refuses to ratify the United Nation's definition of genocide because they do not want to officially call the murder of millions of Native Americans 'genocide'. From the wholesale slaughter of tribes in the early days of colonialism to the removal and institutionalization of Native children, genocide is exactly what occurred throughout US history whether the government wants to admit it or not.

 

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