Native Americans as Prisoners of War

Background – Aaron Huey’s effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people — appalling, and largely ignored — compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk.

#1  View Mr. Huey’s  TED Talk ” America’s native prisoners of war”  (15 Minutes)

 #2 From the talk construct a timeline on Native America History and provide a brief summary of each event mentioned

#3 Provide a reaction/reflection to one of the following Aaron Huey quotes:

“[The U.S. government] was tired of treaties. They were tired of sacred hills. They were tired of ghost dances. And they were tired of all the inconveniences of the Sioux. So they brought out their cannons. ‘You want to be an Indian now?’ they said, finger on the trigger.”

“‘Wasichu’ is a Lakota word that means ‘non-Indian,’ but another version of this word means ‘the one who takes the best meat for himself.’” 

More Medals of Honor were given for the indiscriminate slaughter of women and children than for any battle in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan.”  on the Wounded Knee massacre

“The last chapter in any successful genocide is the one in which the oppressor can remove their hands and say, ‘My God, what are these people doing to themselves? They’re killing each other. They’re killing themselves while we watch them die.’ This is how we came to own these United States. This is the legacy of manifest destiny.”

 

Enrichment: Photographing, and Listening to, the Lakota

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/17/photographing-and-listening-to-the-lakota/

 

 

 

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