On the Rez - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

Ian Frazier
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Although Indians reside everywhere in America, most live west of the Mississippi River since the eastern states insisted on their removal in the 19th century. Reservations exist on all four corners of the contiguous U.S., but Indians tend to live on the edges of American society and are much more likely to be poor and suffer from alcoholism. The sad statistics greatly overwhelm the positive ones. Frazier mentions the Kickapoo tribe as an example of what the Indians have done since white settlers arrived in their country, fighting for tribal status until 1983. The most famous travesty against the natives was the Trail of Tears in 1838-1839 which resulted in the deaths of one-third of the Cherokee nation.

The Cherokee were a member of the Iroquois Nation, and the Iroquois helped the English drive the French colonial empire from Canada and the Northeast by...

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