Where Is the Justice?

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Where is the Justice?

March 6, 2011

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When the colonists moved to this country they were welcomed and helped by the natives that were already here. Over time the colonists made themselves a new home. As the years have passed the Native Americans have been pushed out of the land that they welcomed the settlers to. The new peoples of the United States have thrived while the tribes that the country actually belonged to continue to suffer.

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Where is the Justice?
With the recent disposition that the Americans have taken with illegal immigrants, maybe we should remember the past. The United States cannot truly say every citizen has equal rights. Events such as the 1830 Removal Act which forcefully removed Eastern tribes of Native Americans from their homelands and relocated them westward show us the lack of respect (Jackson, 1830). Other events such as not allowing the use of certain items in tribal ritual goes to show the disrespect given to this once great people (Schaefer, 2010). The American people speak of freedom and patriotism. The American people hold basic rights in the highest regards. Native Americans struggle to retain even the most basic of rights.
Columbus landed in what he assumed to be the Indies, he called the native residents “people of India”. This was just the first of many, many misunderstandings that have occurred over time. Estimations are that about 10 million Native Americans resided north of the Rio Grande in 1500, but after the arrival of Europeans, who brought with them weapons and diseases that resulted in the deaths of millions of native peoples, this number fell greatly. By 1800, Native Americans numbered 600,000 and by the year 1900 there were less than 250,000 remaining (Schaefer, 2010).    
Throughout history there are many instances of mistreatment toward Native Americans. One of the most well known of these events is the massacre at Wounded Knee of a tribe of...