Native American Resilience

A Story of Racism, Genocide and Survival

by P. S. Streng



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/10/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 404
ISBN : 9781665513708
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 404
ISBN : 9781665513692

About the Book

Many books written about Native Americans have focused in depth on a particular era or subject. Native American Resilience: A Story of Racism, Genocide and Survival has two parts. The first focuses on the Cherokee People – their struggles and survival. Cherokee culture is highlighted, including their oral traditions from earliest time to the confrontation between peoples when the New World was discovered. Trade and treaties played important roles from the early 1600s, with several significant Cherokee leaders guiding their interaction with the Europeans. Starting in the 1700s, laws stipulated that Indian children be educated in the white man’s ways. Native religions, languages and cultures were outlawed, with these basic rights only restored in 1990. Divergent views on removal of Native people from their ancestral lands focuses on the period from the early 1800s until Congress passed a law in 1872 declaring there would be no more treaties. The story of Cherokee removal to Indian territory, their involvement in the American Civil War and the period leading up to Oklahoma statehood in 1907 follows.

In Part II, Native American life through modern times is explored, including issues Natives have within American society and with the government. Although there are treaties still in full force, unless changed by the specific Indian tribe and the U.S. government, many have been abrogated at the government’s convenience, resulting in numerous lawsuits with some significant settlements in money and rights for the Indian people. The government has admitted that terms of treaties have not been upheld and that over the centuries, documents were lost or destroyed. Some tribes and/or their languages and cultures have ceased to exist. Yet Native Americans, the First Americans, continue their fight to gain justice for what has been done to them, taken away from them, equality and respect.

About the Author

Patricia Streng shares her passion and purpose in Native American Resilience: A Story of Racism, Genocide and Survival to give the reader a researched, substantive history of the centuries of struggles endured by Native Americans. The book covers the racism and genocide that marked the relationship between Native Americans and the colonizers quest for expansion to the racial, economic and legal issues they endured, and still do, as this country developed. Through the depth of her research and writing, she tells this story – one that shows the remarkable strength and resilience of Native Americans through it all. The author has held to her dream of writing this book for almost 30 years, and her research skills and work have been enhanced by technological advancements during that period. This has enabled her to take the reader from earliest times of the historical documents of the United States to those long lost in European archives, up to and including the 21st century, documenting the various programs the government has tried in order to overcome what was considered “The Indian Problem.” Her goal is not only to tell this story, but to increase awareness that while there has been some progress, there is still much to be done for and with Native Americans, the First Americans, to get the justice, respect and equality that is rightfully theirs.