Native American Property Rights

A 7 page discussion of Native American property rights. Provides a brief historical review of the move to the reservation system and tribally owned lands and then the pressures to dissolve that tribal ownership. Ties the concept of property rights into the issue of sovereignty and concludes that tribally owned lands are critical to Native American culture. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Contemporary Native American Concerns: Health, Sovereignty, and Leadership

A 6 page discussion of the many problems facing contemporary Native Americans. Traces these problems back to the initial contact with the European people who invaded Native land. Asserts that everything from the ravages of disease on modern Native Americans to struggles over land rights and the right to independent government can be related to the demands and expectations of non-Native groups who now predominate North America. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The Histiographical Debate Concerning Native American Survivability as Related to Land Ethic Verses That of Europeans During Colonial Times in the Americas

A 15 page address of the question which has occupied historians for centuries, why were Native Americans not only able to survive but to thrive in a land where European colonists would at first flounder and many times perish? The author of this paper explores various sides of the debate to conclude that the speculations as to why this was the case vary dramatically and, although there is no singular answer, the distinction in the way that Native Americans and Europeans related with the land appears to be important. Bibliography lists 18 sources.

The Historical Decimation of Native American Culture and Lifeways

A 4 page outline of the many injustices that were dealt the Native American peoples by those that invaded their lands. Many Native American groups have actually been wiped off the face of the earth by those that sought land, resources, and wealth in the Americas. Other Native American groups have endured centuries of torment at the hands of peoples that for the most part considered them subhuman. Native Americans have been forced off their traditional lands and confined on reservations that limited not only their traditional lifeways but also their spirit and their culture. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Native Americans, Mistreated in Their Own Land

This five-page-paper presents a discussion on the various forms of racism that Native Americans still face in this country. Bibliography lists three sources.


This 6 page paper deals with the changing perception of the Native American in American literature. The Novels of Treuer, Erdrich, and Alexie are used to explore such issues as loss, love, stereotypes, and other universal themes. Supported arguements are made which show that Native American literature is not always about a loss of land, heritage and language.Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Greed: The Underlying Motivation for European/Native American Interaction

A 5 page consideration of the motivations that characterized the early interactions between Native Americans and the Europeans that invaded their shores. European peoples not only took advantage of Native Americans but committed one atrocity after another in their attempts to prosper from them. The Native Americans, though initially deceived by the Europeans, quickly learned the lesson that these people were there only out of concern for their own gain. No sources are listed.

Native American Healing Ceremony / Misperceptions & Falsehoods

A 5 page look at Native American spirituality and the concept of healing ceremonies. Explains that Native spirituality is tribal specific but that unfortunately this specificity has been corrupted by the media and the entertainment industry and the warped view which has been presented has provided the stimulus for much misunderstanding and greed by those who both impersonate Native healers and non-Natives who seek to benefit from Native spirituality even when it means the abandonment of their own. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Native American Land Rights: The Battles of the Western Shoshone and the Dann Family

A 15 page discussion of the concepts of Native American sovereignty, property rights and land ownership. Outlines the government policies towards these concepts and the history of U.S. dealings with Native Americans in regard to them. Uses the plight of the Western Shoshone and the Dann sisters in particular to illustrate the rights which have been violated. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Native American Involvement and Effectiveness in the Treaty Making Process

A 7 page discussion of the degree of involvement of Native Americans in the drafting and implementation of treaties. Contends that even those groups who played the largest role in the treaty making process were essentially ineffective in terms of avoiding the final deleterious impact to the people and their land which so characterized Native verses non-Native interaction. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Thomas Jefferson: The Ideological Conflict of the Concept of Equality

An 8 page discussion of Thomas Jefferson's actions towards blacks and Native Americans. The author contends that in regard to his handling of slavery and Native American land rights Jefferson wavered considerably from his professed belief in the ideology of true equality. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

“Keeping Promises: What Is Sovereignty and Other Questions About Indian Country”

A 4 page consideration of the question of “Who is a Native American?”. Using the book by Betty Reid, Ben Winton, and Gwendolen Gates, the author of this paper emphasizes the importance of land, language, sovereignty, and lineage in defining who is and who is not Native American. No additional sources are listed.

English Colonists Perceptions and Beliefs as Applied to Native Americans

A 7 page overview of early colonial interactions with Native Americans. The manner in which European colonists viewed the Native Americans whose lands they invaded varied both according to geography and according to time. The Puritans as a whole would proclaim their belief that all people were equal before God. Puritan proclamation and act, however, were two different things. In practice, race, class, and literacy were salient issues.

Interaction Between European American And Native American Cultures

4 pages in length. Given the proper circumstances, traditional Native American cultures could never have co-existed alongside European American cultures, inasmuch as neither one even remotely upheld the same attributes. The Native Americans lived their lives in accordance to a higher influence supported by their affinity with the land and its animals; theirs was a cultural existence built upon harmony and compassion. European colonists, by stark contrast, barreled through indigenous country with a 'slash and burn' mentality: To wipe clean any remnant of cultural presence that did not abide by their own myopic – and highly destructive – point of view. As such, there could never have been such a thing as 'proper circumstances' where the cultural rift between European colonists and Native Americans were concerned, illustrating how historical accounts of Puritan settlement were both accurate and inevitable. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Trade Patterns Among the Huron and Iroquois

A 6 page discussion of the trade networks which evolved between the Huron and Iroquois and the French and British invaders of their land. Emphasizes that the particulars of such trade varied considerably with the time period. Concludes that while the Native Americans would definitely be affected by their trade interactions with the Europeans they managed to maintain their own unique cultural identities through the turbulent period of the 1600s and 1700s. Bibliography lists 4 sources.