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One would think that today with all the emphasis put on equality and the evils of prejudice the differences in the treatment of Native Americans now and during the late 1890s would be drastic Our country has achieved her manifest destiny A superpower with a standard policy on just about every issue America seems strong but are all of our ideals so solid Looking back to before the turn of the century our nation was still in her infancy Wild and erratic there were not so many checkpoints to ensure constitutionality back then This allowed many of the obvious injustices committed against the Native American ethnic group that we can see clearly today as wrong Many now ponder this question are our actions now as vastly different from our shaky past as we would all like to imagine The United States has overcome many biases in the past century but in issues concerning racial equality we often come across examples leading us to believe the opposite and doubt our true status Recently a court case has come about demonstrating the length that our country has come since the nineteenth century It used to be that the federal government seized Indian lands without looking back In this occurrence however the court is working in the opposite direction Oneida Indians are suing New York for compensation for lands between Utica and Syracuse that they claim were illegally taken from them earlier on in our countrys development The outlook is in favor of the Indians who say that they only want to be paid for what was illegally taken from them a great change from one hundred years ago For the Federal government to seriously consider Indian claims and doubt the legitimacy of previous treaties is a big step in the right directions for Indian treatment Aside from the new acceptance of Indian land claims there are many similarities bringing one to see an obvious connection
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