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thing they could do. In retrospect, they should have been consulting with the Natives more and asking what their opinions were on the matter so both sides could be on the same page. Week 10 discussion blog: The American Indian Civil Rights movement emerged after several years of the result of the oppression of the Native American people, culture and tradition. Certainly this civil rights movement was long overdue for Native Americans. However, it essentially initiated in the middle of the 20th century. During the 1950's after World War II, Truman essentially attempted to erase what Roosevelt had established with Native Americans by enacting the 1953 Termination Act, which essentially terminated the governments recognition of Indian tribal sovereignty and autonomy. Yet again, the American government then tried to force assimilation upon the Native American people by instituting the 1956 Indian Relocation Act in order to entice Native Americans to relocate to downtown markets across the United States as a means of assimilation. This project failed since it only made matters worse for Native Americans both economically, and depleted their autonomy they had once regained. During this same time, the National Congress of American Indians had formed and their efforts dissolved the Termination Act of 1953. Lastly, the American Indian Civil Rights Organization and American Indian Movement formed in the 1960's which partnered up to provide aid to impoverished Indians in urban ghettos and later expanded to provide a full spectrum of services for Native people, and of course the disaster with Alcatraz in 1969 and 1970 that further intensified the movement and brought global attention to the matter. The Occupation of Alcatraz brought global attention to the relationship between the United States and their treatment of American Indians. The occupation of Alcatraz presented an opportunity for Native Americans to reclaim some of their previously lost land and challenge the United States government since the land was furhter implemented as surplus federal land. Unfortunately, Native Americans were eventually forced out about a year forward in time and eventually lost public support for the occupation of the land as well. However, this even did further intensify and develop the rise of the American Indian Civil Rights movement and gave them national support of their goals as well. The Alcatraz Proclamation was a very unique document because it essentially served two distinct purposes. First, it was developed as a business transaction deal in the sort you
would see during the time of a purchase. Second, it highlighted some of the key wrongdoing that had occurred from the United State Governments mistreatment of American Indian people. The document was very chaffing and intended to be so. It made allusion to the Manhattan Island Sale from 300 years in the past. Lastly they used the Island of Alcatraz as the perfect example to highlight the oppression of the American Indian Tribal Reservations