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Key issues in the fight for equal rights for minorities.

What have the issues been surrounding the rights of Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans? What have they been for African Americans and women? Discuss key leaders, events, and statistics.

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What have the issues been surrounding the rights of Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans? What have they been for African Americans and women? Discuss key leaders, events, and statistics.

Native Americans:

The issue of rights has been a bitter fight for Native Americans since Europeans arrived in North America. Pretty much from the outset, the Europeans treated the Natives as an obstacle rather than the sovereign rulers of the New World. As a result, they were pushed off of the land, shot at, decimated by disease and resettled on reservations. They were treated relatively well by the French who mostly were interested in natural resources as opposed to land. The British however, came into conflict nearly immediately as colonization was of primary importance to them. This reality continued under the Americans following the Revolution.

The Lewis and Clark expedition into the Louisiana Territory sought to establish trade with the Natives, to appease them and to establish treaties among them. In all of these negotiations however, the perspective was that the United States was the benevolent dictator over these nations rather than being an equal sovereign power. In 1830, the Indian Removal Act legalized the removal of Eastern Natives to west of the Mississippi River. A short period of relative peace ensued but with the discovery of gold in the western states, the Oregon Trail and the building of the transcontinental railroad, new immigrants flooded across and into Indian Territory. Armed violence between the Native American tribes and the American Army followed into the late 1890's.

In the 1960's the Native American governments began exercising more power and responsibility over their tribal territory. They began building and organizing tribal colleges, businesses, and political organizations. They lobbied for the right to hunt and fish in traditional ways, more control over their land as well as government subsidies and aid. They gained the right to organize and control gambling on Indian land which has become a much debated activity. Many tribal groups have begun teaching their traditional culture, religion and language to the young members and also to those who want to reconnect with their heritage.

http://countrystudies.us/united-states/history-133.htm
http://www.indians.org/articles/native-american-rights.html
http://www.allabouthistory.org/native-american-history.htm

Hispanic Americans:

The history of the Latino culture in America is studied by every American student. It was the Spanish and Portuguese who first ...

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An examination of the process for the acquisition of equal rights for minorities in America. Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans and women are all examined. Key leaders, events and statistics are all looked at. Over 1,500 words of original text are included along with informative sources of information for further research.

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