American Indian Genocide

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The United States, throughout its history, has repeatedly destroyed numerous Native American settlements and cultures. Some were directly assaulted by the military, while others, such as the Cherokee and the Nez Perce, were relocated from their homes to reservations. The state of Oklahoma was originally the territory of the Native Americans, but it too was later taken by the American government. Later in its history, the United States attempted to eliminate the culture of Native Americans by abducting their children and sending them to boarding schools where they were punished for speaking their native language or practicing a native ritual.

Congress has recognized the debt owed to Indian tribes as a result of these horrors, and has sought to pass legislation to protect, or restore, Indian cultural sovereignty.[1]

See Also

Wounded Knee Massacre


  1. See, e.g., "The Indian Child Welfare Act," preface, 25 U.S.C. s 1901.