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Summary and Main Ideas

Summary of Civil Rights For Indigenous Groups

Practice Questions

  1. Briefly describe the similarities and differences between the experiences of Native Americans and Native Hawaiians.


1. Both groups lost their ancestral lands to whites who also attempted to destroy their culture. Both groups also suffer high levels of poverty and unemployment today. Most Native American tribes are allowed to govern themselves, but so far Native Hawaiians are not.


American Indian Movement (AIM): the Native American civil rights group responsible for the occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1973

Trail of Tears: the name given to the forced migration of the Cherokees from Georgia to Oklahoma in 1838–1839

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