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Native Americans Can you guys give me more information about the situation of Native Americans in the US? According to Wikipedia, there are 5 million of them. First of all, I wonder, whether it's true or not, and then where they live and so on. 
Mar 24, 2017 9:58 PM
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Yes they still exist and yes still alive, after surviving imperialism and genocide. Many were forced to attend boarding schools, which the U.S. government used as a way to assimilate native children (lose their language, culture, traditions). They've endured historical trauma. I recommend reading books on this, because there is much to talk about. 

There are many indigenous peoples in Arizona, California and so many other states. There are a lot of tribal nations and pueblos if your from New Mexico. many Natives are fighting to reclaim their language and protecting their ancestral lands. 

March 24, 2017
@Neil What you say is very interesting, although I guess we'll never really know how much of it is truth and how much is propaganda. Even if they did have wars, did they really kill one another in nearly as large numbers as Europeans killed them? And even assuming it was truth that the Indians significantly contributed to nearly exterminating themselves, which I doubt, it wouldn't imply that the remaining Native Americans should not continue fighting for their rights, that the rest of us should not support them as well as others under attack by the American empire, and that we should not take what happened to them as a serious warning for what could happen to the rest of us if the said empire continues growing.
March 25, 2017

There are about 5 million Native Americans in the US, according to the 2010 US Census. Of those, about 3 million consider themselves to be solely Native American; and 2 million describe themselves as being of mixed race. Of those 5 million, about one million live on reservations, and other four million live in among the rest of the US population.

Many reservations are on poor land in remote places, and economic opportunities are often  extremely limited. Many Native Americans leave their reservations for a few months or years to work, and then move back to the reservation for as long as they can. 

One way to learn more might be through movies and books. I recommend the movie "Smoke Signals" (Chris Eyre, 1998); the PBS TV movies "Skinwalkers," "Coyote Waits," and "A Thief of Time;" and the current Netflix series "Longmire;"  and books by Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie.


(@Neil - What you say is true. But it is not relevant.)


March 25, 2017

I've been always curious about Indians (Native Americans), and I started a discussion

about them once, but it didn't get many responses, here it's if you like to check it: 

https://www.italki.com/discussion/89210


Also you could check these links:

http://www.cherokee.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navajo


March 24, 2017
This is a really good question. But I guess not many of them have remained to speak for themselves, so there is hardly anyone to answer it.
March 25, 2017
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