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The Othering of Native Americans

Crazy Horse by John Nieto

Crazy Horse by John Nieto

1)This painting, of Native American war leader Crazy Horse, is a contemporary piece of Native American art. The tears coming from his eyes represent the pain of his people and their struggle to keep their culture and their land.
2) In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson's story is interesting and draws you in on it's own. However, Harper Lee wrote it with the higher goal of drawing attention to the plight of black southerners. This painting is beautiful on it's own, however its goal is to represent historical and modern challenges facing Native Americans.

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The History Place - Great Speeches Collection: Chief Joseph Surrenders

The History Place - Great Speeches Collection: Chief Joseph Surrenders

1)This was the speech that Chief Joseph or "Thunder Traveling to the Loftier Mountain Heights" in his native tongue, gave upon surrendering to the United States army. He resisted the takeover of Oregon Territory by white settlers. After killing a group of white settlers, his tribe and him fled towards Canada.
2) This connects to To Kill a Mockingbird because the only reason that Chief Joseph fought was to live peacefully. Tom Robinson tried to escape death for a crime he didn't commit, only to die sooner. The natives had no crime, other than living on valuable land. They fought back rather than be pushed out by settlers and were attacked.

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Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families

Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families

1) On this radio program, the history of "Indian Boarding Schools" is described. The schools were created to Christianize the natives, as well as to destroy their tribes and end their culture. This practice was supposed to have ended with the Indian Child Welfare Act.
2) However, even today native children are often taken from their homes and sent to foster homes. South Dakota, a state with a large native population, has a financial incentive to take children from native parents and send them to white foster parents, away from their tribes and families. This is in direct violation to the Indian Child Welfare act, which says that the children should be resettled with relatives or if that was not possible, members of their tribe. This is comparable to To Kill A Mockingbird because the black culture and black people were looked down on throughout the story.

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Atrocities Against Native Americans - United to End Genocide

Atrocities Against Native Americans - United to End Genocide

1)This article, from United to End Genocide, tells an abridged version of the genocide of the indigenous populations of the America. This began with the landing of Christopher Columbus, the European diseases that decimated native population, and attempts to eliminate their ancient culture that continue to this day.
2) This is similar to To Kill a Mockingbird because the black people had been beaten down and oppressed since they had arrived in America and had to do their best just to stay alive. When they began to develop a new culture, taking parts from both African cultures that they were taken from and form the Anglo- Saxon American culture that they were brought to.

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