©2007, 2009 Kimberly M. Hartfield
With approximately two million Native American Indians, 550 federally recognized tribes, and over 250 native languages, these tribal nations maintain separate cultures, customs, languages, and histories, so we should considered them diverse populations. The reservations in which they live cover about fifty million acres of land in North America. United States history tells us that the repeated exploitation of the native peoples by land seizures, forced migration, purposeful depletion of life-sustaining herds and food supplies, and exclusion from educational, business, and other economic opportunities has resulted in a devastatingly high level of poverty among them. Unemployment rates average about 37% on most Indian Reservations.
Domestic and sexual violence are not traditional cultural practices of Native American Indians. Historically, violence among the indigenous Indians of North America was rare because it threatened their…
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