I have always believed that the “Indian situation” in the past was unwarranted for reasons that it caused a disproportion or an imbalance to their way of life. Taking over their lands and abolishing their system of government is a neglect of their culture and property. Asking them to adapt the culture of Americans is even worse because they are stripped of their identity. Furthermore, even if they have been regarded as citizens of the state, they were not treated as Americans nor were given the rights and opportunities that they deserve.
Reading what American Indians has undergone through several laws and policies implemented by the government do not change my idea about colonialism and Indian activism. Activism is a just act, and the last option to preserving and fighting for their honor and their right as Indians who long existed and lived in isolation and peace before the ill event of colonialization, which gave them no choice but to submit to the demands of the government. Everything was stripped off them. They were uneducated; among the Indians the percentage of illiterates was high.
They were not granted access to health care. In addition, they were discriminated by health care service personnel. Their cases were selectively tried in court because it was based on the court’s decision of whether to allow a hearing to take place or not. They were forced to give up their lands. Moreover, they were forced to live in the cities without them choosing where they want to live, after they have sold their lands. They were forced to work without being paid the proper amount of salary.
They were forced to join the military and were abandoned afterwards, and the government neglecting their emotional, psychological, and mental requisites. With these situations, activism is justified because of what they have experienced. Although people are from different cultures, they should not be treated apathetically just because they are different. The culture and way of life may be different, but they are people too and people have the same needs, wants, demands, etc. Activism was their last resort to plea to the government and asks for the respect and honor that they merit.