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  • YES! If the colonists did something wrong they would have got them so Natives should too!

    The Natives weren't treated the same as the colonists, just like racism! Everyone should be treated equally the same! People ARE people! The Natives may have dressed different, they may have had different traditions, but that's what makes people who they are! If everyone were the same we would be BORING! So, that's why I think the Natives should be treated equally.

  • They should get something back from the pioneers.

    Why? Because the natives got treated badly so the need to get a thing back in return for their trouble also to have more resources. Their trouble is war and sickness from the French and the English so it was war. The sickness and war. 99% of the natives were wiped out.

  • It wasn't fair that the English made them do whatever they wanted and killed them off.

    Because would you want to be treated wrong in the first week with in meeting them .Don't you think that that's not fair and they should be repaid for not getting their respect back .Also get what ever they wanted and should take an advantage of the English. That's how they should be treated.

  • Compensate Native Americans

    Reparations are the way to compensate Native Americans in the ways our system did not for common law torts and crimes committed against them by agents of the government and by persons protected by our legal system: false arrest; false imprisonment; assault; battery; trespass; conversion; robbery; wrongful death; pain and suffering; and murder. Today countless persons enjoy the fruits and benefits built upon those wrongs. Those wrongs have always been matters that one could seek to redress in our courts and the only form of civil justice ever provided has been monetary compensation. But access to that civil justice was never meaningfully available. Just as segregation was deemed a badge of inequality by our supreme court, the failure to redress these wrongs stands as an enduring oppression, insult and defamation against Native Americans.

  • Reparations are due to the rightful owners of the land.

    Reparations to Native Americans has nothing to do with "the color of skin". It has to do with the trillions of dollars the United States as gained from land and resources stolen from the original people. The treaties through which this land was gained were false. There are high rates of alcoholism, addiction, and poverty rates on reservations. The alcoholism and addiction results of the poverty, which is a result of the relocation of a population to less resourceful lands.

  • @No, Native American people should not receive reparations.

    That whole argument is a perfect example of why they should receive reparations. There's not many alive now because of what my ancestors did. Alcohol was introduced to them by my ancestors. We committed genocide on a race of human beings not that long ago...ending in the 1800's. They put their money into casinos because those particular states make it lucrative for a group of Individuals who was almost made extinct i.e. cutting them deals that anyone in their position would take...it's a business deal.

  • People Who Are Owed Should Receive Reparations

    People downplay the extent to which groups who are owed because of their ancestors are still affected by it today. Poverty is passed down just like culture. This is their land, and I do think that full Native Americans should receive reparations. Had Native Americans been paid for the land that was taken from them, their statistics might very well be better and not suffer low college educated population, high rape statistics or high alcoholism. At least 2 of those are associated with poverty

  • Yes the Native Americans deserve reparations

    Yes the Native Americans deserve reparations but I do not believe that they deserve land. They deserve money over land for multiple reasons, although we stole what was theirs we can make it up to them by paying for the stuff that they need, we may not be able to give them back what our ancestors got taken away from them but we can fix it by helping out with the needs they will have to have, whether it comes down to an education or even paying for their homes, food, kids etc… If we’re to give them money they would be able to use it for child education, In article native american reparations written by Chris McGreal written Friday 4th may 2012 saying “The investigator visited on Oglala Sioux reservation where the average person lives on about $7,000 a year less than one sixth of the national average” This evidence shows that they only get $7,000 year which is way less than the average person, which also shows they have absolutely no money to pay for an education. They would also be able to pay for jobs on their reservations. Senator obama said the same thing he stated ¨ That involves investing in early childhood education, fixing the schools in those communities, being willing to work in terms of job creation and job training. Those are serious investments.¨
    Some might argue…. That land could help them get back what they “deserve” but if we're being more practical If we were to give them land it may not help them much as money would they can use the money they have towards something more useful than land such as even buying land or providing for themselves according to a website i found states “ Simply put, budget cutbacks and governmental policies have made it hard for many Native Americans to feed their families.” Here it shows that land isn't going to practically put food on their plates it's not going to practically give them the things they need to take care of themselves it's just not going to help them as much as money could, Land is just one thing, but money can branch them into many different things.

  • Yes the Native Americans deserve money.

    Yes, the Native Americans should receive reparations. Our government has done wrong to the Native Americans and we need to fix it. If you have ever seen a native american reservation you would know that it is an awful place to live. Senator Obama said in an article I read, the schools for children are falling apart. With the money we give them they could make those schools a safe place to go and learn at. Also he said the money could be used toward paying better for jobs. Parents need money to take care of their children and the money we give them could help a lot. If we give them money it could be used to make so many improvements in the reservations. We need to do something about the native american reservations that are falling apart right in front of us, and the answer is money. Some people think we should give the Native Americans land because that is what we took from them in the past, however if we give them money it could be used towards many more things than just money.

  • Definitely should receive reparations

    As many have said in this argument, reparations are owed and should be given because of the lasting effects of this genocide which by the way was done to countless non-white indigenous people. I understand that it is troubling to accept the fact that one's own race is responsible for so many travesties and atrocities and that the repercussions are beneficial mostly to those who are Caucasian, thus this is the driving force to be against anything that would inhibit the privileged. But as human beings, try to be empathetic and think of others for a change and how these atrocities impacted not only that generation but also how it will forever effect the descendants of those butchered, raped, dismembered and so on - just for your ancestors' greed and savagery desires. Think about others just once.

  • No, Native Americans should not receive reparations.

    No, I do not believe that Native Americans should receive reparations. The United States has been a founded country for nearly 300 years. To say that the current generations of Native Americans are disadvantaged is disingenuous at best. I don't believe that anyone born should have privilege over another, just because of skin color. Paying current generations of Native Americans reparations is racist, unfair, and unneeded.

  • No, Native American people should not receive reparations.

    No, I don't believe that Native American people should receive reparations. This may sound like a harsh stance to take, but the era of reparations for Native Americans is long gone. In today's America, there are not many Native Americans alive that can honestly claim that they have faced unfair persecution and expulsion from their home lands, as this was the norm a long time ago, long before the 21st century. Also, although Native Americans have received reparations in the past, it seems that the majority of it goes into casinos and other similar buildings, while the many Native American reservations remain dirty and crime-ridden, with alcoholism also being a major problem.

  • Reparations in general are ridiculous

    Nobody DESERVES reparations for what happened to their ancestors, nor does anyone deserve to give reparations for the actions of their ancestors. It's causing innocent people to be punished for the actions of others (their ancestors). It doesn't make any sense. I realize native americans still are a discriminated group in our society, but they don't really deserve to be paid for Europeans kicking their family off their land hundreds of years ago

  • Equality means equal

    Why not give reperations to all citizens who have been wronged. I think reperations weaken their nation. It seems that with a higher rate of poverty, alcoholism, and suicide it would be in the best interest to take away these entitlements and put them under the same umbrella as the rest of us. Otherwise you might as well give reperations to the Irish, mexicans, african americans, asians. All who were and are enslaved or treated badly in history.

  • ...For How Long?

    Enough is enough! Alcoholism is being funded by your dollar. It is rampant w/in their locations.
    Get over our "invasion" .. How well would they have gotten along without all of our advancements?
    They should welcome getting into the mainstream of American. They have a level playing field ....
    If they want it.

  • They are not the ones who went through it. It was their ansesters.

    In the Holocaust the survivors received money for their troubles but the Indians today should not get it. If anything the united states should have given then money a long time ago and shouldn't have let it drag on till this day. It is too late to do that for them.

  • No one is entitled to 'reparations' because of their race

    No one should be entitled to 'reparations', i.e. other people's money, simply because of their race. While many Native Americans have it difficult today, others are very successful. History is complex, and everyone's ancestors -- including Whites -- suffered hardships and injustices at some point in time. People should be judged, helped, or rewarded as individuals, not by their race.

  • Reparations won't help.

    We should not have to pay for the mistakes of our ancestors. Today, there is a very small amount of Natives that can say that they have been forced to move. The time of the forced moving is gone, and it isn't coming back. Reparations that we have paid towards Native Americans goes into buildings like casinos that fuel bad habits such as drug abuse, alcoholism, and gambling.

  • They don't need reparations

    Native Americans have tradition and identities with their land. Now some of that land has been taken away. An important part of their religion is gone and reparations are not helping with that. You can't take away a part of someones religion and just pay them back for it. Reparations are not working. The only way you can pay that back is by giving them what they want and need; their land back.

  • Should we pay for our ancestors problems?

    Has the current American government done anything wrong to the Native Americans? Why should we pay for what our ancestors did wrong? Granted, they were wrong in their treatment of natives, but that doesn't mean that we should pay for it. We shouldn't have to suffer for the sins of our ancestors.


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raygen.black says2017-02-17T15:17:07.577
Yes, the Native Americans should receive reparations. Our government has done wrong to the Native Americans and we need to fix it. If you have ever seen a native american reservation you would know that it is an awful place to live. Senator Obama said in an article I read, the schools for children are falling apart. With the money we give them they could make those schools a safe place to go and learn at. Also he said the money could be used toward paying better for jobs. Parents need money to take care of their children and the money we give them could help a lot. If we give them money it could be used to make so many improvements in the reservations. We need to do something about the native american reservations that are falling apart right in front of us, and the answer is money. Some people think we should give the Native Americans land because that is what we took from them in the past, however if we give them money it could be used towards many more things than just money.