Native Americans and Their Plight
By kerith, Updated
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Long ago, the Native Americans lived freely on American soil. They hunted, fished, and established their territory with other native peoples. They were dignified people, and proud.
But once the settlers came to America from England, the Native Americans' freedom slowly vanished. The white man wanted the land for himself. Over a period of less than 200 years, the Native Americans lost their land and their way of life, as they were placed onto reservations where they could barely eek out a living. They steadily began to depart from their cultures and traditions.
Well, the Native Americans are still out there. They are mostly living on small reservations in the American West. They are poor, and seem to be without hope. They have been stripped of their identity and have lost much of their dignity as a people.
So what can you do? Well, the Native Americans often don't know how to work to earn a living. They need people to go to them and educate them about real-life jobs so that they can go out and support themselves and their families.
But I'm just a kid! I can't do all that yet!
For a high school student, the biggest thing you can do is just show these people respect. If you show them respect, you are helping them reclaim their dignity and pride in their people.
Imagine if every high school student was aware of the dilemma of Native Americans today. They would be better equipped to understand them, and perhaps there would be less judgment and skepticism about the Natives going around. You can be a part of this process! With your help, Native Americans can learn how to reconnect with their culture and heritage.
So be brave, and step out. When your friends are talking negatively about Native Americans, don't join in! When you pass by one on your vacation out west, nod your head in respect. These are little things, but they make a big impact.
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