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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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
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We have damaged their homelands. We left them stranded in reservations and made the do forced labor. We have done enough damage and injustice to them we stole land that wasn't ours and shaped it into ours. Plus, half of the natives we killed! With the diseases we brought over so this would be fair as much as we say the past is the past. But past can affect future.
The government made multiple treaties to pay them yearly. Because the Native Americans moving to reservation so the European and Asian Immigrants can live on their land. In 1851 the U.S government held a conference with several local Indian tribes and established the Treaty of Fort Laramie. Under this treaty, each Native American tribe accepted a bounded territory, allowed the government to construct roads and forts in this territory and pledged not to attack settlers; in return the federal government agreed ed to honor the boundaries of each tribe's territory and make annual payments to the Indians. Which didn't last long. So they should repay them for not following the treaties that they created.
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, 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.
How come we must continue to pay these reparations? If it was not for them losing land to begin with, we wouldn't be where we are today as a nation. In fact if we didn't take over they would still be riding horseback as main transportation. We wouldn't have had the industrial boom, we wouldn't have manufacturing lines that disappeared and went to China. I think that over all the time they have been paid reparations has far exceeded the amount that is due. I am sorry, but this current generation hasn't lost a thing. If anyone needed reparations it was their ancestors but that was many generations ago. It's time to stop digging ourselves into a hole further in debt. Besides places to buy tax free tobacco and Casino's there isn't much other contributions they have provided as far as advancing civilization goes. Oh and this whole WHITE GUILT crap must stop, because like I said we already paid our dues generations upon generations should not be responsible for a debt we never created. Soon you will start reparations for African Americans too, what a joke might as well say that our tax dollars will be paid out to 2 group of people, while your at it might as well start doing reparations for Japanese people in the US since we held them in concentration like camps during World War II. Sorry but this needs to stop.
I was born and raised for 24 years in Farmington NM right next to the Navajo reservation. Growing up I hated that the consequences and peoples general view of modern native Americans receiving benefits are extremely inaccurate, based largely on movies and old history. The navajoes recieve very hefty checks every month for simply existing, free college education, free medical care. There is rampant racism and segregation in my area, alchoholism, and entitlement factor on their behalf. For example many businesses place "Navajo owned and operating for over 75 years" on their businesses as a symbol of "native pride". However if I said "white owned and operated for over 75 years" I would be convicted of racism or hate crimes. The bottom line is the system in place perpetuates a double standard on any other race. While in high school I worked tirelessly for a scholarship to go to college while knowing many of my peers are garunteed one by being native is just one example of the breeding resentment other races gain while living first hand near modern native Americans. Economically allowing someone a life of free handouts and benefits removes their incentive to do anything at all when they live in luxury in some cases for doing nothing at all. The financial drain on our country is massive and something very few Americans outside of native populated areas know about, we have paid our debt to them and our current system is an insult in the face of racial equality.
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
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.
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.
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.
The United States taking land from the Indians is nothing new. The practice of conquering land has existed since beginning of mankind. After the nation was conquered, the people's who land it was do not get any reparations. How is this any different? We have already given them land to live on, that itself is more than enough.
I am a staunch supporter of equal rights, and I don't see any other races getting reparations. If you go far enough back pretty much everyone's race has been taken advantage of at one time or another. For goodness sake, if African Americans aren't getting back pay for all their ancestors free labor then no one should. It is just as easy if not easier for a Native American to integrate into society and support themselves as African Americans and they seem to have done that just fine. Enough is enough, if Natives get are getting free money for something that happened so many generations ago everyone should be.