I. LEARNING OBJECTIVES
- To learn about historical interactions between Europeans and Native Americans.
- To learn about the history of legislation targeting Native Americans.
- To understand how federal policies affect life on reservations.
- To learn about pan-Indianism and how Native Americans today address issues of economic development, education, health care, religious and spiritual expression, and the environment.
- To understand the role of sovereignty in Native-American tribal self-rule.
- To understand treaties and warfare and the consequences of each.
- To evaluate the Native American Legal Claims, The Termination Act, and the Employment Assistance Program.
- To understand collective action efforts through pan-indianism and protest efforts.
- To understand the Navajo Way.
II. CHAPTER OVERVIEW
Focusing on the experience of Native Americans in the United States, this chapter discusses the history of their subordination by Europeans. Schaefer explains the development of policy towards Native Americans, which usually focused on relocation and assimilation. This chapter also explains the growth of pan-Indianism that serves to unite the many diverse native cultures in addressing the issues that affect them collectively. It also discusses the role of sovereignty in Native-American tribal self-rule. Treaties and Warfare are discussed, as well as Reservation life and federal policies.