From as early as the time of the early European
settlers, Native Americans have suffered
tremendously. Native Americans during the time of
the early settlers where treated very badly. Europeans
did what they wanted with the Native Americans, and
when a group of Native Americans would stand up for
themselves, the European would quickly put them down.
The Native Americans bow and arrows where no match
for the Europeans guns and cannon balls. When the
Europeans guns didn’t work for the Europeans, the disease
they bought killed the Native Americans even more
effectively. In a poem by Louise Enrich called Dear John
Wayne a line from a cowboy and Indian movie states the
position of many European settlers in the Americas
“Everything we see belongs to us”.
Native Americans did not like the way they were being
treated. Every generation that passes, there would be fewer
and fewer Native Americans around the Americas. Native
Americans were dying like flies flying around bug spray
mist. If it were not a war (The French and Indian war) that
were killing them off it would be European disease (Cow
and Small pox). The Native Americans saw what the
Europeans were doing to their lives, they wanted their old
way of life, and they wanted the Europeans to go away. In
the movie Smoke Signals a line that was said by a
character called Arnold Joseph represents the feelings of
the Native Americans “Poof! The white people are gone”.
The Europeans were relentless in their attempts to get rid of
the Native Americas “Come on boys we got them”(Dear
John Wayne), was the attitude the Europeans felt about the
Native Americans. All the Europeans wanted from the
Native Americans were their land, their gold or their labor.
Unfortunately for the Native Americans, the Europeans
succeeded in taking advantage of the Native Americans
and in the end the Europeans did get them.
Native Americans did not understand European ideology.
Native Americans had no idea why the Europeans could
fight for land, “Death makes us owners of nothing” (Dear
John Wayne) is what the Native Americans believed. They
also couldn’t understand on how one person or group can
own land since he or she “could not own the sky”.
The Native Americans were getting sick and tried of being
oppressed so one glorious day the Native Americans
decided to ban together to stop the oppression.
“Sometimes it’s a good day to die” (Smoke Signals) was
an idea that was present on that day. That day was when
the Battle of Wounded Knee happened. Unfortunately for
the Natives Americans, they lost that battle and Native
American resistant was shattered.
Native Americans have been through a lot in America.
They were the first ones here and they still are here. But the
problem is that Native Americans are still treated with
disrespect. There are still a lot of prejudice and racism
against the Native Americans. I believe that if a race could
survive after all the wars and disease that the Native
Americans have been faced with, they should be respected
and not be treated with disrespect.