The Indians once owned the entire American continent. Since the discovery of America by Columbus, they lost most of their lands. The number of inhabitants declined dramatically and many tribes simply ceased to exist. Could this have happened if the colonists were good to the Indians? Are the reservations a boon for them? Do Native Americans have equal rights with the white population?
Most likely, we answer all these questions in the negative. All this is the indicative of the cruel discrimination of the Indians since the 16th century. According to the census of the population now the United States is home to 237 thousand of Redskin Americans, while at the beginning of the colonization there were approximately 12 million.
The reasons for the catastrophic reduction in the number of people are numerous. Among them is the human rights abuse on the legislative level. Since 1831 they have been deprived of the right to manage their own territories, have local government and be engaged in legal and political relations with the Federal authorities. Many tribes were relocated, thus deprived of their traditional economic activities. The restriction of the rights of the Indians was primarily the act of violence towards them. The craft and cruelty of the colonists from time to time met military confrontation. The Indians initiated military conflicts, but for obvious reasons, lost all the wars. Many Indians died from diseases brought by the Europeans because they did not have immunity or didn't know how to treat them.
Historically the aborigines were treated as barbarians, later considered as second-class citizens and only in the 20th century, the situation slowly begins to change. However, despite the extension of rights and provision of benefits, the life of the Indians is anything but good, as well as they still are not treated as equal members of society. In particular, the level of education is very low, only a quarter of Native Americans receive higher education. The unemployment rate remains high; as a result, many people live below the poverty line. In most cases, the homes of Indians do not have modern conveniences. Among the Indians, there are a lot more people who abuse alcohol than in the whole country.
The situation coming about is the result of unfair treatment of the Indians throughout a few centuries, the disastrous consequences of which are plain to see. Therefore, the U.S. government and the American community will have to put a lot of effort to rectify the situation, unless they truly want to, otherwise, the Indian nation can disappear.
The Indians once owned the entire American continent. Since the discovery of America by Columbus, they lost most of their lands. The number of inhabitants declined dramatically and many tribes simply ceased to exist.