I am saddened that today’s society still poses a threat to the Natives (particular in this country), ranging from harming their ancestors land(s) which they hold dear, to the natural environment that they use. The natives of the Americas really have no broad name. They always identify themselves differently, but it wasn’t until the early settlers start to label the natives into a category, and over the years, they have been called American Indians, Indian, Native Americans, Aboriginals, and Indigenous. One name that many Native Americans prefer to be called (and have finally caught on) is First Nations.
One argument I’ve heard concerning calling the First Nations people “Americans” was that they in the past have never called this land a name which would represent a whole country. It’s true that the Native Americans (bad habit) never really labeled the country that they lived on a name, but they did name the natural resources of the land names. Names are usually only given to something if they represent some significance and so the Native Americans named many things, and most, if not all, believed in that each thing represents spiritual significance(s) and with purpose.
This article and incident is an example of how even now, Native Americans’ sacred sites are still being harmed from people’s demand for more to fuel the country’s industrial lifestyles. The government continues to harass the protected land of the natives, and they have little to say back in defense. The country’s history of interaction with the natives have not been well received, because they lack so much understanding of the First Nation’s people cultural and religious backgrounds that their actions always put the First Nations people in jeopardy. They don’t care that several hundred graves of the First Nation’s people’s ancestors will be dug up or plowed over for residential housing (Indian Mounds Park) or that damming the rivers will stop the cultural lifestyle of one’s tribe of using it. What’s worst about this particular problem is that this country is still facing nearly the same problem a hundred years after, meaning that many of our policymakers are not hearing and learning from the cries of the people.