Native American Reparation Act - Land, Minerals, Genocide, and Oppression

Native American Reparation Act - Land, Minerals, Genocide, and Oppression

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Natives had their land stolen, their people slaughtered, their resources taken, their homes ruined, their heritage broken, and their people destroyed. 577 Million Native Americans would be alive today if not for the genocide of their people. 

U.S. Stats on Native Americans

  1. 2,430,000,000 acres of land stolen from Native Americans.
  2. Genocide of Native Americans range from 95,000,000 to 114,000,000 slaughtered. Each life is priceless.
  3. $48,355,153,052,264 of resources (gold, silver, platinum, iron, copper, palladium, coal, lumber, oil, natural gasses, and 24 other resources) have been stolen from Native Americans (estimate based on pillage of U.S. territories from 1492 to present and adjusted for inflation averaging $92.8 billion dollars per year.)
  4. The average cost of an acre of land in the United States is $3,160. Native Americans have been given (forced to live) and paid for 125 million acres of land. 2,215,000,000 acres of land still have not been paid for. The cost per acre multiplied by the land stolen equals $6,999,400,000,000 ($6.9 trillion.)
  5. The sites of millions of Native American resting grounds have been excavated, and still to this day are being unearthed.
  6. The EPA set the price for human life at $9.1 million dollars. The mean number from the Native American genocide is 104,500,000‬ people. According to the EPA, the total cost of life lost from the American genocide of Native Americans is $950,950,000,000,000 ($950 trillion dollars)
  7. The U.S. collected $526 billion dollars in property taxes from stolen land in 2017. The total amount of taxes collected in the U.S. for properties and adjusted for inflation is $63,002,197,877,244.60 ($63 trillion dollars)

Total Damages: $1,069,306,750,929,509.60 USD (1 quadrillion dollars)

This amount of money doesn't exist, but it's to illustrate that reparations are needed for the Native American people. 

This doesn't include:

  1. The lives that would have been (there won't be 10 million Native Americans living in total until 2060.)
  2. The damages for damaging burial sites, artifacts, and cultural sites.
  3. The mental health issues that stem from children being taken from their families and put into conversion schools, or family members being murdered or beaten just for being Native American.
  4. The oppression of Native American people and the effects it had on its people including stigma, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, unemployment, suicide, disease, rape, and violence.

Native Americans Today:

  1. Native Americans own 272k businesses in the U.S.
  2. Native Americans employ 96k people in Oklahoma, 41k in Minnesota, and 27k people in Washington. 
  3. There about 5.2 million people who have above 12.5% indigenous blood.
  4. 26.8% live in poverty (compared to the national average of 4.6%)
  5. A Native American is 1.7x more likely to commit suicide than any other race.
  6. A Native American Youth is 2.5x more likely to commit suicide than other races.
  7. Native Americans are 3.2x more likely to develop diabetes because of the extreme poverty rate they live in.
  8. Home lives are stressful because of poverty, and from the abuse, violence, and judgment from other races.
  9. Native American children were still taken from their homes to force them to speak English and forget their heritage as soon as the 1970s.
  10. A Native American is 2x more likely to be raped than any other race.
  11. Native American Women are 3.5x more likely to be human trafficked in the U.S. than any other race. Possible reasons are because of bad home lives and luring girls off of the reservation. Another possible reason is that police enforcement is small on reservations, and state and federal cops take Native American calls less seriously than others.
  12. The Bureau of Indian Affairs enforces a little over 1% of the entire nation with only 0.17% of the entire nation's police force. Citizens off the reservation will see 1 cop for every 291 people, on the reservation, that number is 1 in 768. These officers are usually responsible for maintaining order at Native American casinos, which skyrockets the density of officers to people.
  13. Only 17% of Native Americans attend post-secondary institutes because of the lack of education funding, funding that disappears from the reserves, can't afford to attend, sexual assault, targeting, and many take care of other family members. The national average is 60%.

The lives of Native Americans have been devastated and destroyed by American settlers, the American government, and it's people, which had led to the downfall of an entire race and needs to be repatriated.

Repayment Option:

This land was sold by the government to settlers, and the government has been collecting property tax on these properties for its entire existence. 

WHO QUALIFIES: Any person registered with a Native American Federally Registered Tribe, and has a Native American blood content of at least 25%. The majority of Native Americans who are alive today fall between 20% and 30%. Those who are 20% can receive 1/6 share. Those who are 12.5% can receive 1/8 share.

WHO BENEFITS: The Native American people directly. There is too much corruption in Native American governments for the funds to be sent to each nation. Native Americans are given a registration number with enrollment. The government will need to make a site to process payments and to ensure validity. The site will work similarly to unemployment, where beneficiaries must request their payment once per month. Those under the age of 17 will not qualify for the payment. When the beneficiary becomes the age of 17, they will start to earn repayments. 

HOW WILL THIS BE FUNDED: 

  1. 18% of all property tax collected in the U.S. will go to fund the program. The account will be funded based on the prior year's property tax income divided by 12 months and then distributed amongst those who request their monthly payment. This will give each Native American $1,517.30 per month.
  2. An added sales tax of 1.025% applied across the board in the U.S. This will give each Native American a direct payment of $1,757.61 per month. 

Collected Yearly: $204,355,000,000.00
Estimated Monthly Recipients: 5,200,000
Estimated Yearly Payouts: $39,299.03
Estimated Monthly Payouts: $3,274.91

ADDITIONAL:

  1. This must be paid directly to Native Americans
  2. The entire amount will be repaid within 5,232 years, we suggest this payment be indefinite. 
  3. This must be an umbrella payment. It is unfair to those in states with low populations to receive lower payments because of their geographic location. The U.S. must be taxed as a whole and distributed to people as a whole. 
  4. It must be divided by people, not by tribe. This would create massive inequality. 

update: PARTIAL LETTER TO SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR

I would like to wildly simplify the history of the oppression of Native Americans:

1. Christopher Columbus arrived in Central America and started his slaughter of 10,000 Native Americans.

2. The U.S. government would since raid land, kill food sources, starve entire tribes, and infect tribal peoples with the disease. Millions of Native Americans were murdered by the U.S. government and settlers who would later become the rulers of this land during this time.

3. While bounties for Native Americans date back as far as 1641; U.S. States, colonies, and other agencies offered bounties for the scalps of Native Americans from 1703 to 1900. 200 years of being hunted and murdered.

         a) in 1724 the New Hampshire legislature authorized scalping Native Americans with the bounty set at £100 for men, £50 for women, and £25 for children. Imagine being part of a government that ordered the genocide of children because they were different. If you convert the value of pounds to dollars in 1724 and scale it to the purchasing power of today, the bounties would be as follows: men—$23,880.47; women—$11,940.23; and $5,970.11 for any child, toddler, or infant.

4. An estimated 100,000 Native Americans were murdered in the first 2 years of the Gold Rush on the west coast, namely California.

5. In 1862, Minnesota and the Dakotas raised the bounty for a Native American "Redskin" to $200, which was only near $5000 this time but it was for any Native American, no matter the gender or age.

6. The State of California in 1873 spent near 1.7 million dollars to murder Native Americans.

7. Until the 1900s, it's estimated that 5 million Native Americans were enslaved and had been enslaved for hundreds of years. Native Americans were also captured and purchased by Europeans for many years.

8. Native Americans were put into boarding schools by taking young children by force from their parents.

9. At its peak, there were 350 government-funded Native American boarding schools, and they were not shut down until 1978. In these schools, they were forced to work, and they were beaten, poorly educated, and traumatized for life.

1978. In the boarding schools, the nuns would call them dirty Indians, and there was never a time that they were comforted while doing heavy labor. If they tried to comfort each other, they were beaten. If they spoke their native tongue, they were beaten. If they did anything that a Native American would do, they were beaten. 23% of students attempted suicide with many succeeding.

It's estimated that 146,000 total Native Americans attended these boarding schools in any given year. A new batch would come in as soon as one went out. This means that 424,831 to 583,968 Native Americans (1929 to 1973) who went through this torture were alive within the past 20 years.

Movies portrayed Native Americans as savage up until the 21st century. There's still a stigma that so many Native Americans are drunks and addicts. Many Native Americans are indeed alcoholics but not all of them and certainly not a majority; but those who are, must drink. Addiction is far more than just wanting to drink. People drink, use drugs, etc. to numb the pain they carry. It’s not something that can be summed up in a paragraph. Treatment is needed, but along with treatment needs to come therapy, medications, and a willingness to want more from life than to be tortured by the past and/or present.

They weren't given the tools for treatment after the U.S. government traumatized them for life. How do you think that corresponds to the next generation? Imagine being the child of parents who were drunk all the time because they didn't know how to deal with the years of pain they were feeling inside.

Imagine being rejected because you're a different race for a job. It's so incredibly hard to find a job off-reservation because a percentage of Native Americans have a reputation for substance abuse; what do you do when you can't get a job off the reservation? In general, there haven't been that many generations from when Native Americans were hunted, so much of the hate is passed down.

So, what was the solution to all of this? Broken treaties, stolen land, stolen resources, no medical help, no housing, and continued existence on tiny reservations. Did you know that Adolf Hitler modeled his concentration camps after U.S. Reservations?

Racism against Native Americans is a huge issue today, more so than anything else. 99% of us have always been forgotten about, we have always been targeted, we have always been on the short end of the stick.

I wrote this petition because I see many families who are broken, who need healing and help with life. There are so many who were able to fight through it and escape the reservation and make a life for themselves, but not all chemical make-ups or circumstances are identical. Those who are older and made a life for themselves still have many issues; especially those who are veterans and it's disgraceful that they're forgotten about.

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