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  • Native Americans have a long history of political action and activism, the overarching goal of which has been to ensure the cultural, economic, and political survival of Native communities. From the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, Native Americans engaged in multiple forms of resistance to European and American settlement and efforts to displace them from their homelands. During the twentieth century, Native resistance and political activism continued, albeit in different forms. The twentieth-century target of Native resistance was an American society that continued to seek the assimilation of Native peoples and the elimination of their unique political, cultural, and geographic status. Beginning in the late 1960s, Native Americans engaged in protest occupations, marches, and political demonstrations. These forms of “modern” political activism gained great media ...

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