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Amerindians' Last Stand
Transcript of Amerindians' Last Stand
As I remember it was
Four hundred years ago
you came to crucify
they were taken far away from home
promises of paradise
But if they had been told that day
they would be sold
To satisfy the souls of chosen men
See I had to look carefully
the shame of my ancestry
To redefine the storyline again.
MANIFEST DESTINY (JAMIROQUAI)
was clearly meant to be
destiny will manifest in time
So where has the love all gone
A troubled trail of tears will tell the tale
Of how I was put down where I don't belong
Woman, Child and man
is just an absurdity
How can you be alive when you are dead
chains of hypocrisy
The shame of my ancestry
Forever stained by blood in which you tread.
AMERICAN CIVIL WAR (1861-1865)
Lincoln: "I will respect
The south didn't pay attention
and they elected a president:
knowledge of the region
The North won... Two consequences:
End to Slavery (13th Amendment to the Constitution)
The USA, one nation that couldn't be separated
CLASH OF CULTURES
Division of land
guns to kill
hunted more than what they needed
the Native Americans became a "minority group"
1787 - Government: peace treaties with
1787 - The government made peace treaties
Law: "Their lands will never be taken without their consent and their freedom will never be disturbed"
But soon, change of ideas
1817 - President Monroe: "their hunting style
takes lots of lands, so, they will have to adapt
to civilization and progress or become extinct"
1830 - Indian Removal Act
"All the Indians east of the Mississippi, will
be taken to the west to a place called
adapted to the European lifestyle (Christians,
This didn't save them
from Georgia to Oklahoma
1/4 of the nation perished
Lands from the Missouri river
to the Rocky mountains given to the
Native Americans but 6 years later,
NEW WHITE SETTLEMENTS
Finally, they were forced to live in dry,
rocky lands called "Reservations"
1924 - "Indian Citizenship Act"
(with this, right to vote)
1934 - "Indian Recognition Act"
(encouraged them to set up
councils to run their affairs)
far behind in health, wealth and
Thanks for your attention!!
Prof. Carlos Echegaray