Genocide and its effects on the lifestyle of the Lakota

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Genocide and its effects on the lifestyle of the Lakota By Jennifer R. Takes War Bonnett

Research on the Genocide and its effects on the lifestyle of the Lakota views the topics of globalization and genocide to illustrate the range of difficulties it has presented for indigenous people and in particular Lakota people. The manner in which colonization has effected indigenous populations includes some broad topics such as sovereignty, genocide, contamination by radiation, and war to name but a few. A number of references to authors and to essay writers do a good job of examining a range of issues and some of those are used as reference.

Some of the interviews conducted for the class will be relied upon to further illuminate specific ways in which genocide; etc has specifically affected the lifestyles, language and culture of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people of the northern plains.

Lakota people have resisted colonization and westward expansion to the very end and they have been somewhat successful in keeping the coal companies in check as noted in one Hinton article. However, a small number of coal companies have managed to contaminate the groundwater in and around the Pine Ridge reservation and the public needs to know the status of that today.

What has brought attention to the devastating effects of radiation in the area is the fact that it also affects white ranchers and landowners and many have joined with Lakota people in order to keep the Black Hills further developed today by gold, oil and uranium companies.

Various views are looked in the resulting affects of genocide on Lakota people. Those views are the radioactive contamination issues, missionary boarding schools, IRA governmental structures and dependency upon the federal government. Some specific examples of genocide and its impact on language and culture are noted. Also noted are some initiatives to counteract Lakota language loss.

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