Laktoa Woman

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Mary Crow Dog had been surrounded by racism since she was very young. She witnessed countless fights and beatings and many of her friends were killed. The violence and the mistreatment were all very real for her and she lived and endured it. Signs were posted reading "No Indians Allowed," prices were driven up, and Indians were overcharged. Like the lacks, Indians were not treated as human beings; they were accused of crimes, given unjust trials and forced to live in poor conditions. People would pick on them and hurt them for sport; quite often Indians were put in jail for almost no reason, and very rarely were they taken seriously.

I don't fully understand why the whites abused and mistreated the Indians. Was it because they thought their way of life was wrong? Was it because they didn't think of Indians as worthy people because of the color of their skin? Did they dislike Indians because they were resistant in giving up their land? Or, was it all of the above? No matter what the reason, the cruelty that went on was unacceptable.

The Indians certainly weren't going to give up that easy. They had protests and they would try to do harm against those who wished harm upon them. They faced many challenges; they wanted the world to see what was being done to them and they wanted it to change. African Americans faced a similar struggle.

It seems that if just one person of any particular culture does something that is not so agreeable, everyone will see that culture as wrong or evil. There is no such thing as "˜backwards.' Every person has his own way of living, his own ideas, his own desires, and his own beliefs. No person should try to impose their ideas, desires,