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Unformatted text preview: Michael Rumler March 25th, 2010 Diversity & Equity in America P rison Writings: My Life is My Sundance To tell the story about this countrys history, there is no way to start without talking about Native Americans in the United States. The Native Americans are the indigenous peoples of the country which contain a large number of distinct tribes, states, and groups. Problems started occurring within their colony when European colonization started in America. This migration led to centuries of conflict and change that the Native Americans were not ready for. The problem with history books today is that they all are written by Europeans point of views. The books do not show all the hardships that the Native Americans lived through. But you do not need a history book to tell you that these adversities are still going on today. In the book, Prison Writing: My Life is My Sundance , Leonard Peltier talks about not only his current predicaments but the struggles that Native Americans have faced through the eyes of a Native American. Native Americans struggles started on October 12 th , 1492 which is the day the all Americans view as the day in which America was discovered. The question that arises is that why was this land said to be discovered when there were Native Americans living here when Columbus stepped foot on their land? This day is known to Native Americans as indigenous people day to commemorate the survival from Europeans. Peltier states, Our sovereignty, our nationhood, our very identity along with our sacred lands have been stolen from us in one of the great thefts of human history (43). The natives of this land are not even represented within it. What I mean by this is not only are they not represented in the United Nations, but they are not even included within the rights given by the Constitution of this country. Everyone knows not even included within the rights given by the Constitution of this country....
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