From as early as the time of the early Europeansettlers, Native Americans have sufferedtremendously. Native Americans during the time ofthe early settlers where treated very badly.
Europeansdid what they wanted with the Native Americans, andwhen a group of Native Americans would stand up forthemselves, the European would quickly put them down. The Native Americans bow and arrows where no matchfor the Europeans guns and cannon balls. When theEuropeans guns didn’t work for the Europeans, the diseasethey bought killed the Native Americans even moreeffectively. In a poem by Louise Enrich called Dear JohnWayne a line from a cowboy and Indian movie states theposition of many European settlers in the Americas”Everything we see belongs to us”. Native Americans did not like the way they were beingtreated. Every generation that passes, there would be fewerand fewer Native Americans around the Americas. NativeAmericans were dying like flies flying around bug spraymist.
If it were not a war (The French and Indian war) thatwere killing them off it would be European disease (Cowand Small pox). The Native Americans saw what theEuropeans were doing to their lives, they wanted their oldway of life, and they wanted the Europeans to go away. Inthe movie Smoke Signals a line that was said by acharacter called Arnold Joseph represents the feelings ofthe Native Americans “Poof! The white people are gone”. The Europeans were relentless in their attempts to get rid ofthe Native Americas “Come on boys we got them”(DearJohn Wayne), was the attitude the Europeans felt about theNative Americans. All the Europeans wanted from theNative Americans were their land, their gold or their labor.Unfortunately for the Native Americans, the Europeanssucceeded in taking advantage of the Native Americansand in the end the Europeans did get them.Native Americans did not understand European ideology.Native Americans had no idea why the Europeans couldfight for land, “Death makes us owners of nothing” (DearJohn Wayne) is what the Native Americans believed.
Theyalso couldn’t understand on how one person or group canown land since he or she “could not own the sky”. The Native Americans were getting sick and tried of beingoppressed so one glorious day the Native Americansdecided to ban together to stop the oppression.”Sometimes it’s a good day to die” (Smoke Signals) wasan idea that was present on that day. That day was whenthe Battle of Wounded Knee happened. Unfortunately forthe Natives Americans, they lost that battle and NativeAmerican resistant was shattered. Native Americans have been through a lot in America.They were the first ones here and they still are here. But theproblem is that Native Americans are still treated withdisrespect.
There are still a lot of prejudice and racismagainst the Native Americans. I believe that if a race couldsurvive after all the wars and disease that the NativeAmericans have been faced with, they should be respectedand not be treated with disrespect.