In the beginning of the 20th century, Native Americans were faced with having little or no resources to adequately sustain their populations. They had limited land, a scattered population, and language and cultural barriers dividing them from the rest of the U.S. population. Many Native American nations have struggled with poor access to healthcare, difficulty sustaining a viable existence on their lands, increased crime and drug abuse, poor educational opportunities, and severe poverty. These issues continue to plague many Native American populations into the 21st century.
Native American organizations and nations have worked to alleviate some of these problems. For example, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) was founded in 1944 in response to governmental termination and assimilation policies that threatened the existence of the Native American culture. This organization now includes over 250 member tribes and works to educate the public about Native Americans, works with the government to maintain their rights, and works toward improving the lives of Native Americans throughout the United States (National Congress of American Indians, 2006). More recently, the United States government has also worked toward changing policies to aid instead of hinder Native American nations.
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Write an essay (suggested length of 4â€“6 pages) in which you discuss an example of a current, relevant issue affecting a particular Native American nation. In your essay:
A. Identify the Native American nation you have chosen.
1. Briefly describe the historical background of the nation.
2. Briefly describe the nation in modern times. For example, discuss how many tribes exist today and where most of the tribal members live.
3. Briefly describe at least three current issues facing this nation (e.g., economic, social, educational, healthcare, etc.).
B. Analyze one issue you described in part A3.
1. Discuss how this issue affects the nation you have chosen.
2. Compare this issue to issues that face the general American population (consider any similarities and/or differences).
3. Discuss how long this issue has been a problem (consider if the nation has been dealing with this issue for a long or a short time).
4. Describe how the Native American nation has responded to this issue (consider if the issue can be resolved by the nation itself and what efforts the people of the nation have already made to resolve the issue).
a. Analyze how effective the Native American nation has been in dealing with this issue.
5. Describe how the United States government has responded to this issue (consider if the issue can be resolved by the government [e.g., through legislation, financial support, etc.] and what efforts the government has made to resolve this issue).
a. Provide a timeline of actions that the government has taken in response to this issue from 1890 (or the date when the issue became a problem) to the present.
b. Analyze how effective the government has been in dealing with this issue.
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