Mimi JimmyResearch Paper June 6, 2006
The allegation of Native American genocide and the current definition of genocide issuch a controversial issue that is highly debated today. The attempt of “civilizing the savage” andassimilation of Native Americans in early America is the issue at hand that has left behindintergenerational emotional scars and impacts that contemporary Native American communitiesare still struggling to overcome. Even though Native Americans are on the path of healing, thehealing of whole communities is slow to come. A greater understanding of the complexitieswithin Native American communities is needed to create a healthier living environment as wellas a greater awareness by mainstream society of the American history that the United States was built upon.
The Aftermath of Native American Genocide and the Legacy it Has Left Behind
The history of the United States was not built on freedom, but on the genocide of NativeAmericans. Today, the definition and parameters of the word genocide is highly debatedthroughout the world and it is such an unsettled issue that it has become an academic field of study. One of the questionable issues noted is the allegation of Native American genocide in theUnited States. While is ever important to come upon an agreed definition of genocide to protectand liberate human rights and to clarify such controversial issues of past and present, it is alsoimportant to look at how the harmful actions have led to negative intergenerational impacts thathas filtered into the shaping Native American individuals within families and culture. With Native Americans experiencing a reign of terror under the conquest of another during earlycolonization, many people have not recognized the Native outcry of genocide but it has lead tofurther crises of emotional wounds and scars that have become so internalized that it has broughtabout a self-destruction within Native American communities.According to William D. Rubinstein (2004), the word genocide was introduced in 1944 by a Polish Jew, Raphael Lemkin. By 1948, Raphael Lemkin convinced the United Nations (UN)to implement the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (UN