One of the six bands of the Lakota branch of the Sioux Nation live on the reservation. They are affected by homelessness, joblessness, and poverty. Photojournalist Aaron Huey stated, "People there were telling me the most epic stories I'd ever heard, and people were talking about a history of genocide. I knew that word would never be used in the mainstream press. I knew right away I wasn't' OK with that, that I wanted a bigger piece of the truth than just more statistics and more pictures of poverty."
Since Europeans first set foot onto the Western Hemisphere, the Indigenous people of the United States have been subjected to incredibly poor standards of living, right in the heart of what is supposed to be the best country in the world to live in. Despite thousands of years of living in this very nation, The Native people of this land have been forced to take a backseat to pave the way for an industrialized world, all leading up to present day United States, in which Native Americans are hardly better off. Because of this, many Native American Reservations all over the United States have some of the highest poverty rates in the nation, while at the same time being one of the least talked about issues our nation faces. The source of which
The Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota serves as a prime example where reports show that nearly 40% of families experience food insecurity (Bauer). Food deserts are merely a contributing factor to the current health epidemic and are part of economic struggles faced in Native American
Defunding Planned Parenthood would mean blocking and preventing individuals from receiving the health care that they are reliant on. As a majority of the patients are low-income and living in Medically Underserved Areas, they are dependent on the organization because it is their only source for healthcare. To view in specifics, “In 2013, 78 percent of Planned Parenthood patients had incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty line, which is $36,375 for a family of four” (Four Reasons). A majority of the individuals that are assisted are women of color; 22 percent being Latino and 14 percent being African American according to 2013 statistics. Further so, these two groups
government did not hold their end of the bargain and did not provide Natives with the supplies promised. As a result, many were forced to migrate due to diseases and starvation. Only about 23% of the Creeks who marched to their new land in Oklahoma survived; Likewise, only 25% of the Cherokee who marched from several southeastern state to Oklahoma survived (Van Doren). Altogether, tens of thousands of American Indians lost their lives to forced migrations. The Indian Removal Act continues to impact America today in terms of demographics.
Many soldier left due to the lack of food, clothes, shoes, and equipment while other soldiers deserted not for the lack of supplies but to the opposition the Confederate policies and principles (1). However, the major cause of desertion was homesickness and to once again be with their families back home. Many men left the army after they became aware of the hardships and danger encountered by their families back home. Soldiers also deserted in an attempt to alleviate the hardships endured by their families and communities. Enlistment in the army kept men away from their homes for extended periods and destroyed the economic foundation of semi-subsistent mountain families.
The book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. When Arnold decided to leave the reservation and go to school at Reardon all things went downhill for him and he thought it was the end of the world. When Arnold got to Reardon the white people treated him horribly and made fun of him. They thought that because he is an Indian he wouldn’t do anything about it. When Grandmother Spirit passes away Arnold doesn’t know how to deal with it but then more people pass away in his life and Arnold feels like the world is falling down on him and he doesn’t know what to do.
This is a universal refugee experience because many people were forced to leave their families behind in order to survive. This relates to Anne because she also lost many things. For instance, she lost freedom, as mentioned before in this paragraph, which may seem abstract compared to the loss of family, but important nonetheless. This shows how Anne had lost many possessions because of war, just like the man in the article. Ha also lost her father because of the war.
Poverty was almost like a curse given to Rosa Vargas by her husband, who “left without even leaving a dollar for bologna or a note explaining how come” (29). Many women today with young children are forced to take care of their families as single mothers without the support of the father. These women are often too busy taking care of the children to find a job. The fact that Rosa is a Hispanic affects her ability to find a job as well. Even if she did have the time, her ethnicity and gender would be cause for discrimination.
Education has always been an issue because Natives see education as a form of assimilating into the U.S. culture. This issue has affected many Native Americans because with low education they can only get recruited into low-income jobs. Even though, Natives receive grants from the government, most of them don’t know how to benefit from it and end up committing crimes because of money shortage. Also, alcoholism negatively impact the lives of Natives in reservations. Alcoholism provokes Natives American to be involved in car accidents and in many cases, resulting on their deaths.
The settlers flooded in. The Dakota were being squeezed into smaller areas. Moving from previously prime hunting and fishing grounds to increasing smaller non-productive reservations, harsh winters and low supplies created times that that left many native families hungry and frustrated. Throughout the 1800’s, treaties were negotiated with the Dakota and the U. S. Government and native lands were exchanged for money, farming supplies and debt payments. These treaties were not in favor of the native population.
As a wave of social reform for African-Americans and other minorities swept the nation, many groups such as Native Americans drew inspiration from the success of the Civil Rights Movement, leading to a growing awareness among Indians that challenged unfair governmental policies, as well as a method of unification and a platform for the disenfranchised to speak their mind. The Native American population in America was one of the groups with one of the largest poverty rates in the entire nation, and statistically being the least stable, having the worst health compared to other ethnicities, as Indians on average lived twenty years less than most Americans. Although Native Americans were a minority, making up only one percent of the total population, the unemployment rate among Indians was ten times the
Inequality was the main reason of the disappearance of Native Americans and European settlers. Due to the disease and the war, the Indian population decreased. This lead the unequal relationship between tribes and European settlers. The middle ground was contacted with Old and the New Worlds so the inequality became the reason for the
The Bureau of Indian Affairs removed tens of thousands of American Indian children from their homes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to assimilate the youth into the dominant Euro-American culture. Although the schools provided education and vocational training, their primary intention was to deprive Indian children of their tribal culture, language, and appearance. There was a significant amount of abuse in the boarding schools with administrators, teachers, and staff often treating students harshly, including physical and sexual abuse and neglect. Moreover, children suffered serious illnesses and disease. Due to these harsh conditions many Indian youth returned home with mental and physical health problems that transcended for
During the jamestown period, there was seldom food to be found anywhere, which led the colony to acquire aid from the Native Americans. The Jamestown population would then slowly decrease due to disease, famine, and attacks from Natives. The one tribulation however that destroyed jamestown, was “starving time.” This period of starvation swept jamestown in the winter, which led most colonists to die, abandon their settlements, and/or return to England. Climate and war were but two common ordeals the colonists had to face traveling to America. Servitude was often another demanding ordeal faced by migrants.