Stereotyping Native Americans
Wardship is no substitute for American citizenship, therefore we seek his enfranchisement. The many treaties made in good faith with the Indian by our government we would like to see equitably settled. By a constructive program we hope to do away with the "piecemeal legislation" affecting Indians here and there which has proven an exceedingly expensive and disappointing method.
She played a high profile role in securing citizenship and voting rights for Native Americans. Other causes she championed include improvements in Indian health care and education, resource conservation, respect for Indian spirituality and religion, and safeguarding cultural traditions. Gertrude Simmons Bonnin was always walking between her two worlds and never completely at home in either.
Truly a remarkable woman for her time or any time.
She accomplished so much without the aid of a media platform like television or the internet. It makes one wonder what she could have accompished if she lived today.
Zitkala-Sa died at age sixty-one and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. She was a hero in her own right. American Indian Stories. Impressions of an Indian Childhood. My Mother. Letter to Zitkala-Sa. Helen Keller. The Big Red Apples. She believed this was how they could gain political power. Hanson, who taught at Brigham Young University. She wrote the libretto and songs.
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She also played Sioux melodies on the violin, and Hanson used this as the basis of his music composition. It was significant in its shift from Native American oral musical tradition to a written one. Its debut was met with critical acclaim. Few works of Native American opera have dealt with Native American themes so exclusively since. Its publicity credited only William F. Hanson as composer. During her time on the Uintah-Ouray reservation in Utah, she joined the Society of American Indians, a progressive group formed in It was dedicated to preserving the Native American way of life while lobbying for the right to full American citizenship.
She edited its journal American Indian Magazine from to Such critics believe that Native Americans have lost cultural identity as they have become more part of mainstream American society.
She began to criticize the practices of the BIA, such as their attempt to prohibit Native American children from using their native languages and cultural practices at the national boarding schools. She reported incidents of abuse resulting from children's refusal to pray in the Christian manner. Her husband was dismissed from his BIA office at the Ute reservation in The couple and their son relocated to Washington D.
C, where they thought to find allies. During the s she promoted a pan-Indian movement to unite all of America's tribes in the cause of lobbying for citizenship rights. In the Indian Citizenship Act was passed, granting US citizenship rights to many though not all indigenous peoples.
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In she and her husband founded the National Council of American Indians, dedicated to the cause of uniting the tribes throughout the U. She was the major figure in those years. Her early work was largely disregarded when the organization was revived in under male leadership. It was a grassroots organization dedicated to diversity in its membership and to maintaining a public voice for women's concerns. She catalyzed a government investigation into the exploitation of Native Americans in Oklahoma and the attempts being made to defraud them of drilling rights to their oil-rich lands.
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The article exposed several corporations that had robbed and even murdered Native Americans in Oklahoma to gain access to their lands. Roosevelt administration. He had high-level aides also working on American Indian issues to improve their lives. This legislation was sometimes described as the 'Indian New Deal,' and it encouraged tribes to restore and adopt self-government, along a model of elected representative government.
She encouraged them to support the Curtis Bill, which she believed would be favorable for Indians. Though the bill granted Native Americans US citizenship, it did not grant those living on reservations with the right to vote in local and state elections.
Since her death the University of Nebraska has reissued many of her writings on Native American culture. She has been recognized by the naming of a Venusian crater "Bonnin" in her honor.
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Study Notes for Zitkala-Sa
I have found balance through the willingness to bend like the Bow of Beauty and send the Arrow of Truth into the world. The Arrow's path is straight and narrow and it's target is the heart. RedArrow asks the Great Spirit daily. Be respectful of who other peoples are. The Eagles and Crows have no problem with it. Each and every one of us have come to the Earth Mother with a path to travel.
Taking care of ourselves rather than trying to control others may be difficult. We need to realize that taking charge of another's life is not beneficial to anyone. Focusing on another's life keeps us from looking at our own. Sitting Bull - Hunkpapa Lokota The weaving in the medicine shield represents the web of fate in the wheel of life, which does not include any alternatives or solutions. It is typically human to get caught in the polarity of good or bad fortune without realizing that we can change it at any time.
If we are not decisive enough about changing our lots in life, we may end up being consumed by our fears and limitations. Look for new alternatives to your present impasse. You have the power to change anything you don't like about your life. But, always remember, if you dishonor someone you have dishonored yourself.
We all must believe that a Power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity. Therefore, this is a rallying point for all of us. Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer, we can stand together on this issue.