About Indian Country Extension

Cooperative Extension in Indian Country

This term identifies Cooperative Extension work that occurs in Indian Country — on American Indian reservations, in tribal communities and tribal colleges. This nonformal, knowledge-based educational programming is grounded in the philosophy established in the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. The teaching is conducted by faculty, extension agents/educators and other associated employees of the extension organizations within land grant universities and colleges; tribal colleges and tribal governments.

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Native Indian Americans Culture

The diversity through which the Native American goes by is something worth exploring as it consists of practices and methods known to highlight their understanding of life. Make sure to follow the latest news and events!

Cherokee

As the indigenous people of the Southeastern Woodlands, the Cherokee were once concentrated in Southwestern North Carolina. Today, they are the largest tribe in the United States.

 

Apache

With a long history and culture, the Apache descendants totalled around 100,000 individuals in the early 21st century. The group is culturally related to Native American tribes in the Southwestern United States. 

Pima people

Also known as “River People,” the Pima People are a group of Native Americans living in an area that consists of central and Southern Arizona.

 

Contemporary Issues

The acts of discrimination have never left the indigenous people, and it still continues to ruin their lives for the worse. But that alone cannot sum up their struggle as there are several other issues that continue to cause havoc. 

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The Native Indians In America: A Brief Recollection Of Information

Native Indians In America

The native Americans, people who are also known as the indigenous Americans, are the indigenous people of the United States of America, except Hawaii and other territories in the United States. A lot of people falsely refer to the populations of American Indians are Indians. There are almost 580 federally recognised tribes which are still living within the United States of America and about half of which are associated with the Indian reservations. Native Americans are the indigenous tribes that were originally from the continental United States, plus Alaska natives of all kinds of ethnicity. The United States census does not include the native Hawaiians or the Samoans. They belong to a different category called the native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander.

The ancestors of living Native Americans actually arrived in the United States of America almost 15,000 years ago or even much earlier from Asia. A huge variety of people, societies and even cultures started developing. European colonisation of America began in 1492, and it resulted in the decline of the native American population because of diseases, ethnic cleansing, slavery and warfare as well. After the formation of the United States of America, as part of the policy of settler colonialism, they continued to wage war and perpetrated a lot of massacres against a lot of native American tribes, and they removed a lot of them from their ancestral lands.

Since the year 1960, a lot of native American salt determination movements have actually resulted in the changes to the lives of a lot of Native Americans, even though there are still some contemporary issues faced by these people. Today, there are almost 5,000,000 native Americans in the United States of America; 78% of these people live outside the reservations. Oklahoma, Arizona and California have the biggest population of Native Americans in the United States of America. Most of the native Americans actually live in rural areas or even small-town areas, away from the big cities.

When the United States of America was initially created, the established native American tribes were closely considered as some semi-independent nations, and they lived in communities, completely separate from the white settlers. The federal government even signed a lot of treaties to make sure that these people and their tribes were protected. They were being treated as domestic dependent nations, and they were subject to federal law indeed. This law also preserved the rights and privileges of the tribal sovereignty. For this very reason, a lot of Native American reservations are still independent of any state law and actions of the tribal citizens, because of these reservations and also because of the fact that they are subject only to tribal courts.

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