A Touchy Subject

It’s March eighth and Women’s Day, it is no surprise that the topic of those who keep mother earth close are spoken about in class today, the American Indians. Today the topic of American Indians and how they are constantly fetishized and put down is more prevalent than ever but generations today are finally taking a stand. For example the Dakota Access Pipeline and the recent Indian’s march in Washington this week.

With the marginalized amount of natives in cinema, politics, and media altogether the resurgence of documentaries and protests to rise above the stigma placed upon them by white America is currently helping to educate young Americans. Although American Indians were owners of U.S. land before white men, American textbooks and sport teams neglect to focus on the sensitivity that Native people have about their culture. By whitewashing history, it is important to respect the facts that truly did happen in history where natives were killed and taken advantage of.

In order to combat the insensitivity from white America, tribes from all over the U.S. are suing the government and protesting unjust treatment. By taking such a stand and even gaining negative backlash from right wing politicians, American masses are now becoming more aware of native issues and taking an interest in American Indian culture

Being a person of native american descent I find it amazing to even be hearing anything about Natives at all in the media. I consider it a wonderful privilege to be able to witness Native Americans receiving the spotlight they had when The Massacre at Wounded Knee happened in the sixty’s. But I am also saddened at the fact that after hundreds of years Natives are still facing unjust treatment by the U.S. government. I surely do hope that the future holds more change in a more positive spectrum for indigenous peoples.

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