Native Americans have not, must not, and will not stop fighting, until justice is served!
"My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever."
~ Chief Joseph
Wise man. We honor his words, but we don't live by them.
The idea of "One Nation under God" is on the face of it a pleasant thought, until one lifts the corner of this pleasing fabric to reveal the ugliness of this country's relationship with the members of the First Nations.
It is as if in unifying, melding, homogenizing the different cultures in this country one will be able to erase from the collective memories of its citizens, the death and destruction of the past.
Native Americans have stood against the struggles of time, proving that no man will put us under.
The most chief issues that Native Americans face are:
Environmental Poverty,Diabeties & Obesity, Loss of Language,
Cultural Appropriation/Stereotypes, Drug & Alcohol Addiction,
Politics & Acknowledgement, Education, and Racism.
The ratio of American Indians and Alaska Natives to all people, living below the poverty level is more than 2 to 1.
25.7% of Native Americans and Alaska Natives are in poverty. Only 12.4% of America is.
Among the American Indian tribal groupings, roughly 18% of Creek and Cherokee were in poverty.
Over 32% of Sioux, Navajo, and Apache were in poverty.*
Diabetes & Obesity
15.1% of American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 20 years or older have diabetes (diagnosed and
undiagnosed). American Indians and Alaska
Natives are 2.2 times more likely to have diabetes than whites.
Complications of diabetes:
Heart disease and stroke, High blood pressure, Kidney disease, Nervous system disease, Amputations, Dental disease, and complications of pregnancy.
The American Indian population also has high prevalence rates of obesity.
Overall, 43% of American Indians were classified as obese, 34.5% were overweight, and 22.8% had normal/low weight. Among the highest rates reported for American Indians, 80% of native women and 67% of native men in Arizona have diabetes. ******
Complications of Obesity:
increased risk of diabetes, asthma, hypertension, arthritis, and congestive heart failure.*****
I have NO tongue
72% of individuals 5 years and older speak ONLY English at home;
18% speak a language other than English at home, yet speak English “very well”;
10% speak a language other than English at home and speak English less than “very well.”
90% or more of Cherokee, Chippewa, Creek, Iroquois, and Tlingit-Haida speak only English.
Navajo had the highest % who speak a language other than English with 69.1%
91% of Tlingit-Haida speak only English at home, compared with 53% of Eskimo.*
Most people polled (57.4%) felt that public schools do not teach enough American Indian history, while 74.3% would request more American Indian studies courses from colleges and universities.
Native American youth say the media has a powerful influence on perceptions of people of color and that they see themselves characterized as "poor," "drunk," "living on reservations," "selling fireworks," and "fighting over land."**
Stereotypical Cartoons on Native Americans
Drug & Alcohol Addiction top
Alcohol has been a problem for Native Americans since the occurrence of white settlers.
Called the white man's devil water, alcohol has a firm grip on Native American communities, especially on the youth. 71% of Native American adolescents in Grades 7-12 reported ever having used alcohol.
The arrest rate for alcohol-related offenses among American Indians (drunken driving and public drunkenness) was more than double that for the total population.****
Methamphetamine is one of the most addictive drugs in drug history.
1.7% of Native Americans used the drug, a rate more than double that of whites (0.7%).***
The Lummi Nation in Washington state permanently banishes convicted drug traffickers from the tribe. The community then burns down
the house that was notorious for selling drugs. A youth treatment facility for drug and alcohol abuse was open to help young tribal
members shake addiction. The San Carlos Apache nation has seen meth users as young as 9 years old and
25% of pregnant women are testing positive for meth. Up to 30% of native youths have tried meth.***
On the Navajo reservation an 81 year old woman was arrested for selling meth.
On some reservations up to 50% of babies are born with meth, alcohol, or other drugs in their bodies!
Meth Videos & Pictures
Politics & Acknowledgement top
As a nation, we federally recognize Mexican heritage(Cinco de Mayo), African American Heritage(the entire month of February), and Anglo American heritage(multiple days throughout the year). Yet as a nation, we neglect to honor the true citizens of this country! Where are the Native American Holidays?
No other group can speak about genocide, the slowly rolling tide that for 550 years has swept this land in effort to eliminate the Indian Nations.
"There is nothing to conceal or apologize for in the Wounded Knee Battle... That women and children were casualties was unfortunate but unavoidable, and must have been from Indian bullets...The Indians at Wounded Knee brought their own destruction as surely as any people ever did. Their attack on the troops was as treacherous as any in the history of Indian warfare..." ...excerpts from an official investigation of Wounded Knee initiated at the behest of Congress, written by General E. D. Scott.
No other group has had rights assured by treaty only to be attacked on all sides by the amorphous concept of the Plenary Powers of the United States Congress.
As part of President Clinton's "One America Initiative," the Race Advisory Boardwas formed to discuss race issues in America. Not 1 Native Person was ever appointed to serve on the race panel.
The Native American Rights Fund law suit against the BIA was initiated in the summer of 1996. There has been no settlement, no effort to return to Indian People the money that is theirs. The heads of the DOI past and present have been held in contempt of court for refusing to deal honestly with the court.
The educational levels of American Indians and Alaska Natives were below those of the total population in 2000.
71 % of American Indians and Alaska Natives 25 and older had at least a high school education
, compared with 80 % of the total population. 11% of the American Indian and Alaska Native population
had at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 24 % of all people.
• Educational attainment varied among the American Indian tribal groupings. About 80 % of Creek, Choctaw, and
Iroquois had at least a high school education. The %'s of the tribal groupings with at least a bachelor’s degree
ranged from 7 % to 17 %
• 75 % of Alaska Natives had at least a high school education. Among Alaska Native tribal groupings, 82 %
of Tlingit-Haida had at least a high school education and 11 % had at least a bachelor’s
degree, in contrast with 70 % and 6 %, respectively, of Eskimos.*
"I ain't racist, Just never met an Indian I liked."
~Gary McHale,Leader of the White Supremacist Movement in Canada.
No other group must carry a "card" to indicate blood quantum, to be considered a member of that group.
...the tribes of Indians inhabiting this country were fierce savages, whose occupation was war, to leave them their country, was to leave the country a wilderness; to govern them as a distinct people, was impossible, because they were as brave and as high-spirited as they were fierce, and were ready to repel by arms every attempt on their independence. (Johnson v. M'Intosh - Supreme Court decision)
Racist Cartoons on Native Americans
"They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they kept only one; they promised to take our land, and they did.”
~ Red Cloud
*statistics were retrived from " We the People: American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States", in the Census 2000 Special Reports.
Issued February 2006.
**Indian Country Today poll of 450 American Indian opinion leaders, 10/18/00
***The Department of Health and Human Services 2004,The Indian Health Service 2004
****"American Indians and Crime" U.S. Department of Justice
*****"Obesity in American Indian and Alaska Natives"
******The Strong Heart Study in 1995.