Racial Stereotypes Essay
Today it is difficult to talk about the racial stereotypes once so confidently assumed. Stereotyping as a subject for study may be historical, but the emotions it arouses are eminently present day. Native Americans were one of the many poorly treated racial groups in our countries history. Starting from the beginning with Christopher Columbus, he was absolutely terrible to the natives. He forced them to do things they did not want to and forced them out of their homeland. Then going to more present day there are countless examples of treaties signed by the US government with native tribes that respected their land boundaries or promised them material aid that were then broken. Also our nation has policies toward Native Americans which include separation of Indian children from their families and culture as stated in Civilize Them With A Stick. They do this to Indian children so they can be "civilized" into a more dominant society. These children were taken from their homes and families and were sent to boarding schools which affected them in more negative ways than positive. Even today with these boarding schools being much more modernized, and a good place to learn these Indian children are still in shock tremendously upon arrival to these schools. Many children go into depression and compare their experience to feeling like Nazi victims. These traditional Sioux families are an extreme closely bonded unit, when the buses arrive to take the children with strangers it is compared to kidnapping, (Dog 573-575). Mary Crow Dog shares her experience with aggressive nuns she and other students faced at St. Francis Roman Catholic boarding school, and how she hated white people because the only white people she knew were the ones who took her and hurt her. Many other children shared the same idea.
In the modern day, Natives are given very little national attention or development funds.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs has been charged with misspending billions that was designated for tribal aid. The Indians faced extreme heavy pressure to surrender their lands to the advancing pioneers. In reading Natives And Strangers I learned about several tribe leaders who signed several treaties bringing peace, recognition of American control over the region, and specific tribal boundaries, this was not successful for the native people. This then led American negotiators to persuade the Indian leaders to travel to NY for negotiations. Overall this isolated bands of warriors and whites clashed several times but the major southern tribes remained at peace, (Dinnerstein, Nichols, & Reimers 27-32).
The Bill of Rights, originally bound only the federal government, but after ratification of the fourteenth amendment portions of the Bill of Rights have also come to apply to state government. But for the over 550 American Indian nations currently recognized by the U.S. government, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights represent a social contract which was created without their representation long after their own social contracts. This is why, for example, federal courts had no power to try an Indian for a crime against another Indian on Indian land before the enactment of the Major Crimes Act, (Although all of the Bill of Rights applies to the federal government and most of it now applies to state government, it does not and never has applied to tribal governments, (Russell 1).
As a result, the Constitution would allow tribal governments to shut down newspapers, search tribal members without cause, and lock up tribal members without a fair trial. Historically, the idea of "rights" as something possessed by individuals and enforceable against governments is foreign to most tribal traditions. Traditional governments had established methods for dealing with disputes among individuals or disputes among clans, but an individual who was unhappy with a tribal decision had the choice of living with the decision or leaving the tribe. In modern times, leaving is no longer an option except in the sense of assimilating completely into the United States, away from the tribe. U.S. Supreme Court decisions have given Congress power to limit the actions of tribal governments. However, the problem with meeting corrupt tribal governments head-on is that in order to assert rights against tribal governments, individual Indians would have to