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Native Americans in the United States

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Native American civil rights are the civil rights of Native Americans in the United States.
However, some states continued to deny Native Americans voting rights for several decades.

Hank Adams

The organizations' members, people such as Clyde Warrior, Melvin Thom, Vine Deloria Jr., and Hank Adams, rejected beliefs that Natives were unable to help themselves or that they needed to adopt American society as their own.
Henry Lyle "Hank" Adams (born 1943, Sioux-Assiniboine) is a Native American rights activist who has been based in Washington state for much of his life.

Civil and political rights

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Native American civil rights are the civil rights of Native Americans in the United States.

Law of the United States

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Native Americans are citizens of their clanic nations as well as the United States, and those clanic nations are characterized under the Law of the United States as "domestic dependent nations", a special relationship that creates a particular tension between rights retained via tribal sovereignty and rights that individual Natives obtained as U.S. citizens.

Tribal sovereignty in the United States

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Native Americans are citizens of their clanic nations as well as the United States, and those clanic nations are characterized under the Law of the United States as "domestic dependent nations", a special relationship that creates a particular tension between rights retained via tribal sovereignty and rights that individual Natives obtained as U.S. citizens.

Citizenship of the United States

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Native Americans are citizens of their clanic nations as well as the United States, and those clanic nations are characterized under the Law of the United States as "domestic dependent nations", a special relationship that creates a particular tension between rights retained via tribal sovereignty and rights that individual Natives obtained as U.S. citizens.

European colonization of the Americas

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Assorted laws and policies of the United States government, some tracing to the pre-Revolutionary colonial period, denied basic human rights—particularly in the areas of cultural expression and travel—to indigenous people.

Human rights

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Assorted laws and policies of the United States government, some tracing to the pre-Revolutionary colonial period, denied basic human rights—particularly in the areas of cultural expression and travel—to indigenous people.

Classification of indigenous peoples of the Americas

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Though it is difficult to summarize the many tribes and peoples Native to the land that is now owned by the United States, there are some rights that nearly all Native Americans are still actively pursuing.

Cultural assimilation of Native Americans

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These include the protection of rights to voting, and the resistance to cultural assimilation of Native Americans.

Indian reservation

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Many tribes that live on Indian reservations are currently facing the destruction of surrounding environments and water sources, depressed economies, violence against women, and drug and alcohol addiction crises.

Violence against women

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Many tribes that live on Indian reservations are currently facing the destruction of surrounding environments and water sources, depressed economies, violence against women, and drug and alcohol addiction crises.

North America

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Before colonization, millions of Native people lived in what is now considered North America and South America.

South America

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Before colonization, millions of Native people lived in what is now considered North America and South America.

Oral history

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The histories of the tribes who have survived the genocide of Native Americans have mostly survived through oral story telling traditions.

Genocide of indigenous peoples

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The histories of the tribes who have survived the genocide of Native Americans have mostly survived through oral story telling traditions.

Oral storytelling

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The histories of the tribes who have survived the genocide of Native Americans have mostly survived through oral story telling traditions.

Pre-Columbian era

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Precontact religion was often closely tied to the land, the environment.

1585

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In 1585, a tribe on the eastern coast of North America interacted with the first English person to travel to the continent, Richard Grenville.

Richard Grenville

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In 1585, a tribe on the eastern coast of North America interacted with the first English person to travel to the continent, Richard Grenville.

Jamestown, Virginia

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In 1607, decades after this initial interaction, the English established Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement on North America, in the middle of the Powhatan confederacy in what is now Virginia.

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In 1607, decades after this initial interaction, the English established Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement on North America, in the middle of the Powhatan confederacy in what is now Virginia.

Virginia

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In 1607, decades after this initial interaction, the English established Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement on North America, in the middle of the Powhatan confederacy in what is now Virginia.