International Justice

CJ354 Endicott College

Native American Genocide

As Genocide was discussed during class it was apparent that the actual definition written for the crime is quite vague. This leaves the crime’s circumstances up for some interpretation, which can allow further discussion top take place about what genocide really is and what events embody the crime. One of these events is the genocide of Native Americans. Before the European settlers arrived to America is it estimated the American population consisted of over 10 million people. The 2010 consensus confirmed that there were only about 5.2 million left of that population today. The rapid colonization along with the rush to find gold and other natural resources by white settlers resulted in blatant racism and oppression towards the Native Americans. Along with the social hardships the Native Americans were also subject to mass illness and the forceful loss of their land. Although civil rights have bettered since the early 20th century for the Native American population, they still face hardships due to the history of attacks from their fellow citizens and even their own government.


One response to “Native American Genocide

  1. jches234 September 16, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    The Indian Removal Act of 1830 enacted by President Andrew Jackson called for the relocation of many eastern Native American tribes, namely, The Cherokees. They were forced out of their homes and west of the Mississippi. Though the Cherokees fought valiantly for their right to remain, in the end, many came to believe that their only chance of survival was to leave. The journey to a new land, known as the Trail of Tears, was a harrowing one for the Indians. Unlike most of those who left in the summer, The Cherokees kindly asked if they could wait until fall to begin removal, allowing their people to avoid the unbearable heat and subsequent dehydration brought upon by the worst drought they had ever seen. Unfortunately, their fate, like the others, was still a deadly one. It was estimated that nearly a fifth of the Cherokee population died on that trail. Though many ultimately succumbed to disease and dehydration, it is the U.S. Government, our people, who are responsible for their deaths.

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