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Native American Cultural SuppressionBy: Brenna CrouchJanuary 22, 2019Introduction
Crouch 1Forced cultural assimilation on the Native Americans by other Americans has had a great many negative impacts on their culture. These people have struggled to continue to teach each generation and make sure that their culture lives on.1Native Americans throughout the past five centuries have had this difficulty retaining their lands and preserving their culture because of the differences and prejudices between them and the other residents of the United States America. Things such as abusive enforced boarding schools2, destruction of ancestral lands3, and cultural appropriation4have been threatening the integrity of Native American culture throughout the United States of America and the world.Boarding SchoolsWhen the government began forcing Native Americans to send their children to christianized or militaristic boarding schools5, the children began losing touch with their cultural roots and thus created distance between them and their familial traditions.6The American government had formerly sent in “Buffalo Soldiers, African-American troops who were used on the western frontier to fight Indians and keep order (their nickname may have derived from their curly hair, which to Native Americansresembled the coat of the bison)”7, to bring Native American childrento such schools. “The treatment shown to students at the schools was often extremely abusive. Children would be given new, Westernized names. Their hairwas sometimes cut short to remove any trace of Native American styles. They were forbidden from speaking their native language, learning native history, or practicing their religious beliefs. When children returned to their 12History of Native American Boarding Schools from Gale: US History in Context3Native Americans of North America and Dakota Access Pipeline Controversy from Gale: US History in Context4Native American Rights from Gale: Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection5iBid.6iBid.7iBid.
Crouch 2homes at the end of the school year, they felt isolated from their friends and families. A language and cultural barrier had been introduced.” The creation and enforcement of these boarding schools has caused a such a gap in cultural knowledge between generations and separations within familial ties that many have not been able to successfully come back and reintegrate themselves with their culture. “The schools drastically reduced the number of Native Americans

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