The Plight of The North American Indians
The history and culture of the American Indian is sadly misrepresented because of
culture biases and inaccurate reports. In order to give a more accurate report of the
American Indian one must look at period before the Europeans, the invasion of the
Before we can set out on the road to success, we have to know
where we are going, and before we can know that we must
determine where we are have been in the past. It seems a basic
requirement to study the history of our Indian people. America has
much to learn about the heritage of our American Indians. Only
through this study can we as a nation do what must be done if out
treatment of the American Indian is not to be marked down for all
time as a national disgrace. (Pres. John F. Kennedy)
When the Europeans first arrived on the shores of America they found hundreds of
different tribes of people that they named â€œIndiansâ€. The Europeans immediately
recognized the immense wealth of natural resources that this vast and diverse land had.
Unfortunately they failed to recognize a non-materialistic wealth i.e. spiritual, cultural
and intellectual the Indians had achieved over centuries.
Archeological evidence indicates early Indian cultures existed 10,000 BC. But the
questions that still remains, how did early Indians arrive on the North America continent.
One theory is during the Pleistocene ice age during â€œa two million year period, the floor
of the Bering Strait stood high and dry, linking Siberia and Alaska.â€ (National
Geographic Society 1974) As the Ice Age ended and extreme changes in the climate
occurred causing change in animal and plant life so did the lifestyle of the Paleo-Indian.
During the Archaic Period, lifestyles of the Paleo-Indians became more stable and they