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Am I Native American I was born here and have lived here for all my life But according to many I am not Indian because I am not of Native American decent The Native American population has all been reduced to a couple thousand due to war famine and disease Technically I should be named a Native American because I was born on American soil Shouldnt I be able to have the same rights afforded to the Indians Shouldnt I be allowed to start my own reservation in the desert with my family if I choose to do so and be recognized a separate country residing within the continental United States But then why is the name only reserved for the Indians Living in the culture of Los Angeles California all my life I been educated in the history of this country I know of the many transgressions the United States has had against the Native American Indians It seems funny we have given special treatment to these people as gesture of goodwill It was a way of making amends for claiming ownership on their territory and taking it over So why not give me a piece of land for my 21st birthday as sort of birthright given to only people who were born here It only seems fair that I as Natural born citizen whove lived here be given this one right to appease our ever-increasing appetite for a sense of justice and fair play The Native Americans whose beliefs holds them to not claim any land have setup a perfect opportunity for us who have grown up in a culture whose taught us to make the most of every opportunity to make most of this one The American constitution does not give Native Americans this land but has given it to them in the treaties following a war I am example of a first generation American
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