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Unformatted text preview: Tears of the Earth: The Struggle of the Lakota A Presentation by Maya Thompson Urbs/ Geog 515: Race, Poverty & the Environment Prof. Rivera-Pinderhughes, Urban & Environmental Studies Programs San Francisco State University Spring 2004 *Public has permission to use the material herein, but only if author(s), course, university, and professor are credited Introduction QuickTime and a GIF decompressor are needed to see this picture. This presentation focuses on the Lakota Indians of South Dakota and their struggles through racism and environmental discrimination. It is designed to promote knowledge of and to discuss several issues regarding the Lakota and it analyzes the environmental pollution and their health impacts, racism and discrimination in Lakota communities, health care, living conditions and reservation life. Photo: Sitting Bull courtesy of Shelby Lee Tours Presentation Outline Introduction A Brief History of the Lakota The Treaty of Fort Laramie 1851 What is left of Lakota land? South Dakota The Black Hills Racism and Discrimination Racial Profiling Rosebud Hog farm DM&E Railroad Expansion Cultural Issues Mixed Blood vs. Full Blooded Indians Housing Alcoholism Households Assimilation Sexism Conclusion The Lakota story is another example of how people of color have been exploited and robbed of their voice in the United States. Their history portrays a people rich with culture who were taken advantage of and continue to be. Once plainspeople and nomads who hunted the buffalo, who believed in preservation of the Earth and prayed to Earth gods and goddesses, the Lakota struggle to hold on to their past and look bravely toward their future. Section One: A Brief History of the Lakota The Lakota People The Lakota are part of a bigger tribe called the Sioux. The Sioux include the Lakota, the Dakota and the Nakota, who all speak dialects of the same language. The Lakota, who were once the smallest group of the three, are now the largest of the three, and reside in the several regions of South Dakota. Since the beginning of their existence, the Lakota Sioux were plains people who lived off of the land and hunted the buffalo. The buffalo were their main food source until they were mostly wiped out in the late 1800s by white settlers. After the disappearance of the buffalo, Lakota were forced to live off of government Rations to survive. The Treaty of Fort Laramie Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 Fort Laramie was a place where the Lakota and members from other tribes, including the Cheyenne, and the Arapaho gathered to trade and communicate. The Treaty of Fort Laramie was signed when problems erupted after immigrants and Non-natives began to move into Fort Laramie and trust between the tribes unraveled. War erupted between the tribes and the U.S. Government decided to get involved and try to solve the disputes. They created a treaty and...
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