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The Plight Of The North American Indians

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 "Indians . 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 "a two million year period, the floor

of the Bering Strait stood high and dry, linking Siberia and Alaska.  (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

began settling in the Nort

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