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Indigenous Peoples (Global Viewpoints) by Diane Andrews Henningfeld

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5 million market value of the land in 1877, which at 5 percent interest came to $105 million in 1980. The Sioux 43 Indigenous Peoples decided that they wanted not the money, but the land, and refused the award. Today, with continuing interest, the award money held in trust is in excess of $700 million dollars. S. government has managed and institutionally embezzled for over a century. . A Painful Truth How does this continue? S. government— nearly 117 years after the Pine Ridge massacre, long after most Americans believe their nation began its struggle to repair the injustices that shadowed the ideals from which it was formed—continue its deceptions, its thefts, its oppression of Native Americans, and have its people still be silent?

3. With what current holiday does Adler suggest a national day of mourning and atonement might coincide? A. Jay Adler, “Aboriginal Sin,” Tikkun, vol. 23, no. 2, March/April 2008, pp. 15–20, 62. org. Copyright © 2008 Institute for Labor and Mental Health. Reproduced by permission of the author. 38 Confronting Past Treatment of Indigenous Peoples T he original unredeemed social and political crime of human history is the displacement and genocidal destruction of aboriginal populations. Yet despite the powerful and irrefutable history of these events, overwhelming numbers of people in the Western world have yet to be moved by conscience.

S government, the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie caused several Indian tribes, including the various Sioux tribes, to relinquish their customary freedom of movement and accept large tracts of the Great Plains as designated reservations for each tribe. In the successor 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, the Sioux were compelled to renegotiate the original treaty and accept as theirs a much-reduced expanse of territory, but which still included the Black Hills of South Dakota, land the Sioux consider sacred.

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