The indian reservation system has an interesting history

The indian reservation system has an interesting history. It was originally a very progressive movement. At the time, the popular thing was, “just be like us and you’ll be ok” – much like today.

But then, academic progressives believed in the “noble savage myth” and thought that culture/tradition would be best preserved (along with some giving back of land, and that part at least *was* the right thing to do) by Reservations.

But… yeah. Nice on paper. In practice? Govt supplied spam and velveeta cheese along with locally acquired alcohol to dull the misery was the reality for many native americans for many generations; a “nice on paper” idea that was not so nice in reality. Being native American on a reservation = future diabetic. Thankfully that’s finally improved.

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