WHATEVER HAPPENED TO 100 MILLION NATIVE AMERICANS?
The purpose of this post is to emphasise the key message that this was clearly GENOCIDE, either by slaughter or by Eugenics, and that there should be absolutely no controversy about this, The 13 very helpful comments from Scott F. include much more detailed information,
This sort of genocide, by slaughter and by Eugenics programs, persists around the world to this very day
WERE THE NATIVE AMERICANS THE VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE?
or the victims of Eugenics?
NATIVE AMERICAN GENOCIDE WIKI
AMERICAN INDIAN GENOCIDE MUSEUM
The museum is dedicated to documenting the near extermination or total extinction of Native American tribes and peoples. The museum takes the position that this was a result of genocide. It is designed to raise public awareness of the elements of genocide that existed in the history of the United States.
The issue of genocide and American Indian history has been contentious. Many writers see the massive depopulation of the indigenous population of the Americas after 1492 as a clear-cut case of the genocide. Other writers, however, contend that European and U.S. actions toward Indians were deplorable but were rarely if ever genocidal. To a significant extent, disagreements about the pervasiveness of genocide in the history of the post-Columbian Western Hemisphere, in general, and U.S. history, in particular, pivot on definitions of genocide. Conservative definitions emphasize intentional actions and policies of governments that result in very large population losses, usually from direct killing. More liberal definitions call for less stringent criteria for intent, focusing more on outcomes. They do not necessarily require direct sanction by state authorities; rather, they identify societal forces and actors. They also allow for several intersecting forces of destruction, including dispossession and disease. Because debates about genocide easily devolve into quarrels about definitions, an open-ended approach to the question of genocide that explores several phases and events provides the possibility of moving beyond the present stalemate. However one resolves the question of genocide in American Indian history, it is important to recognize that European and U.S. settler colonial projects unleashed massively destructive forces on Native peoples and communities. These include violence resulting directly from settler expansion, intertribal violence (frequently aggravated by colonial intrusions), enslavement, disease, alcohol, loss of land and resources, forced removals, and assaults on tribal religion, culture, and language. The configuration and impact of these forces varied considerably in different times and places according to the goals of particular colonial projects and the capacities of colonial societies and institutions to pursue them. The capacity of Native people and communities to directly resist, blunt, or evade colonial invasions proved equally important.