Continuing Effects of the Doctrine of Discovery
Excerpt from the article…
The injustices that Native peoples face today are varied. Some, including poverty, lack of access to quality health care and education, violence against women, commodification of resources and environmental degradation, affect many others in the United States, but are exacerbated in Native communities because of jurisdictional issues and historic marginalization. Other justice issues are unique to the lived experience of Native peoples. Many of those injustices flow from the Doctrine of Discovery and its legal and cultural successors, including the colonization and settlement of native lands, government policies that encouraged violence and forced assimilation, and the abrogation of sovereignty through broken treaties and court decisions.
Some (Of Many!) Continuing Effects of the Doctrine of Discovery:
Dominant Culture and National Identity —