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How do Oppressed People Survive?. Plains Indians. Inside this Presentation: US Constitution Who Are Plains Indians Indian Wars (1850 – 1900) Merriam Report (1928) We Shall Remain (Video). United States Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3; also know as the “Indian Commerce Clause”).

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How do oppressed people survive

How do Oppressed People Survive?

Plains Indians

Inside this Presentation:

US Constitution

Who Are Plains Indians

Indian Wars (1850 – 1900)

Merriam Report (1928)

We Shall Remain (Video)


United states constitution article i section 8 clause 3 also know as the indian commerce clause

United States Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3; also know as the “Indian Commerce Clause”)

The United States Constitution provides that “Congress shall have Power . . . To regulate Commerce . . . with the Indian Tribes.”

http://www.flashpointmag.com/amindus.htm; from Professor Robert J. Miller. American Indians and the US Constitution. 2006


Group discussion

Group Discussion…

The United States Constitution provides that “Congress shall have Power . . . To regulate Commerce . . . with the Indian Tribes.”

Answer this as a group: (5-minutes)

Why is it that Congress need to regulate commerce with Indians? (Pursuit of gold, possibly?)

Why does Congress get to have a relationship with a group when NO other groups are mentioned except states and nation-states? (exclusivity for trade, corporate interests?)

How, if at all, might this relate to the saying, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer?” By analyzing this saying, does trade have a corporate interest rather than a government interest? Whose interests are being served? (Is government policy the beginning of corporatizing America? Does it appear government (liability to reservations (indian affairs) corporations have NO interests except firtile lands).

What does this have to do with oppressed people surviving? (think economics and the question of who is being served…lets review who are the subjects.)


How do oppressed people survive

Plains Indians

  • Arapaho

  • Blackfeet

  • Crow

  • Kiowa Comanche

  • Northern Cheyenne

  • Southern Cheyenne

  • Osage

  • Sioux

  • Pawnee

  • Hidatsa

  • Mandan

  • Arikara

  • Sarcee

  • Assiniboine

  • And many more…

Native American: Plains Indians. Map. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 15 Aug. 2011.


Indian wars

Total number of Indian information from Native Americans in the Census, 1860–1890 By James P. Collins.http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2006/summer/indian-census.html#nt6

Indian Wars Map from Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Wars

Indian Wars


Merriam report the problem of indian administration

Merriam Report (The Problem of Indian Administration)

“Suffering and Discontent. Some people assert that the Indians prefer to live as they do; that they are happier in their idleness and irresponsibility. The question may be raised whether these persons do not mistake for happiness and content an almost oriental fatalism and resignation. The survey staff found altogether too much evidence of real suffering and discontent to subscribe to the belief that the Indians are reasonably satisfied with their condition. The amount of serious illness and poverty is too great to permit of real contentment. The Indian is like the white man in his affection for his children, and he feels keenly the sickness and the loss of his offspring.”

Big Questions:

Is this the natural result of war? What about our position in the world right now (regarding war)? (What are the conditions in Iraq for instance?)

What does this say about doing the right thing and speaking for what is humanly right as future teachers? (did the Merriam Report go against the corporate interests and uphold the rule of law? Government liability…)


How do oppressed people survive

Video: We Shall Remain from PBS/OPB

President Andrew Jackson and Indian Relocation, Episode 3 part 4 (11 minutes)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/the_films/episode_3_trailer

Geronimo , Episode 4 part 4 (11 minutes)


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