The New Trail of Tears

How Washington Is Destroying American Indians
Narrated by: Christa Lewis
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.6 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you want to know why American Indians have the highest rates of poverty of any racial group, why suicide is the second leading cause of death among Indian men, why native women are two and a half times more likely to be raped than the national average, and why gang violence affects American Indian youth more than any other group, do not look to history.

There is no doubt that white settlers devastated Indian communities in the 19th, and early 20th centuries. But it is our policies today - denying Indians ownership of their land, refusing them access to the free market, and failing to provide the police and legal protections due to them as American citizens - that have turned reservations into small third-world countries in the middle of the richest and freest nation on earth.

The tragedy of our Indian policies demands reexamination immediately - not only because they make the lives of millions of American citizens harder and more dangerous - but also because they represent a microcosm of everything that has gone wrong with modern liberalism. They are the result of decades of politicians and bureaucrats showering a victimized people with money and cultural sensitivity instead of what they truly need-the education, the legal protections, and the autonomy to improve their own situation.

©2016 Naomi Schaefer Riley (P)2017 Tantor

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From a Native American

Excellent book because it exposed adversities that have lead to so many problems present on the “Rez.” I am Navajo, born & raised on the Navajo Reservation. I was lucky being brought up with strict Christian parents & grand parents who supported my educational goals. Currently working on the Navajo reservation as a physician, the poverty abounds affecting healthcare. But WE Natives must own this problem as Ms Riley divulges in her book. This should be required reading in high schools across each reservation. Excellent reading but so sad. But I can make a difference.

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Loved it!!!

It's a beautiful but sad story. It makes me want to run to a reservation and help. But what could I do. I wouldn't want to be just another white man trying to tell Natives what to do. I actually worked on a Native reserve in Canada at the mission there. We mistered to the few older natives who had invest. But it was hard to reach out to anyone new. There was a cycle of drugs and alcohol. There was a family next to the mission that I came to know a little. The boy was I guess in his early teens. But he was already mixed up with drugs. It's a sad story, all we can do is pray.

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