jimboston wrote:That said, the current system of "Reservations" or Native American "Nations" that exist within this nation (i.e. the USA), is untenable. The system DOES NOT SERVE people of native american descent. The system perpetuates poverty and a system of "second-class-citizen" for those who live within it.
Interesting, and without knowing all that much I agree.
It's time to end the system and for people of native american descent to integrate.
Hah, that same little attitude was exactly what caused the aforementioned genocide.
The most morally/ethically correct solution, from my point of view, is to work with the Native American culture and treat them as they want to be treated (as according to their culture). Now obviously this is easier said than done as the leaders are not always accurate representatives of either the culture or the wider population so you need to invest a lot of time, money and effort if you want to get a morally superior outcome - naturally this is usually politically untenable, especially compared to the ease of simple forced integration...
Bear in mind I am speaking from a country that, while has terrible history and relations with the indigenous population, does have one of the better track records compared to other countries. Maori culture is very prominant in our society and we largely embrace it (not to say we dont have our fair share of racism etc.).