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In a new video for Prager University, Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of The New Trail of Tears, explains the “raw deal” that the United States government is still giving American Indians. While so much of our media is obsessed with culturally insensitive sport team names, Riley discusses the real injustices American Indians face in the United States:
“Did you know Indians have the highest rate of poverty of any racial group in America? Did you know alcoholism is more common among Indian youths than among youths in any other ethnic group? Did you know that the rate of child abuse is twice as high as the national average? Until I visited Indian reservations for my book, The New Trail of Tears, I didn’t know any of this. What was at the root of these terrible problems I wondered? And the deeper I dug, the more I realized that between the 19th century and today, nothing has changed. It’s still the government.”
Watch the entire video below:
For more from Naomi Schaefer Riley, read The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians