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"Who Owns America? Minority Land and Community Security" - Winona LaDuke Analysis

1) Brief summary, main points
2) Tone, Rhetorical, Irony?
3) Why is land so significant for LaDuke and the indigenous?
4) For LaDuke, what are the differences between indigenous and Euro-American conceptions of land? Are the differences reconcilable? Why or why not?
5) Why is "the naming process of America... one of the things that indigenous people find incredibly offensive?" What is LaDuke's suggestion to realize what is "just" and "right"? What does this suggestion entail for the U.S? Do you feel these suggestions are acceptable and/or realizable?
6) What is the historical relationship between Frederick Weyerhaeuser and the Whirw Earth Reservation? What effect did Weyerhaeuser have on the Anishinaabeg people at White Earth?
7) For LaDuke, what is the "relationship between development and underdevelopment?"What does this relationship have to do with the U.S and Native America?
8) What is the purpose of the Indian Claims Commission? How does that Commission operate?
9) Why might the U.S desire to settle indigenous land disputes through monetary compensation? Is this compensation just? According to what criteria?


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1) Brief summary, main points:
The indigenous populations were left without their lands to roam, but people who entered the land in the name of such entities as governments and Christianity, and the Catholic Church. This land is taken, owned, and exploited, for its resources, by people who are usually white, without payment or compensation. They get richer and the indigenous populations get poorer. To get compensated, the indigenous populations, in this case Native Americans, must go through a court process, run by people similar to those who stole the land. These people then decide the value and pay with monetary means rather than return the land, for a value that is below the normal expected values of the land.

2). Tone, Rhetorical, Irony?
The entire piece speaks of the irony of the situation. The points are made without hope of any changes. The tone is sad and bitter, lacking the will to ask for help, but expecting people will see the value of the complaint, but still do nothing. This makes the entire essay ironic.

3). Why is land so significant for LaDuke and the indigenous?
It is honored for the paths from where they started to where they live now. Each location is ...

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The solution discusses "Who Owns America. Minority Land and Community Security" by Winona LaDuke.