Genocide and the Native American Experience

Posted: November 28, 2019 in -

Joe Giambrone

Genocide and the Native American Experience

By Joe Giambrone

It was not until 1948 that a majority of the nations agreed upon a universal definition of genocide. This highly contested wording was not ratified by the United States until November of 1988, forty years after The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide had been agreed to by world leaders. By the standards of this Convention historical policies of the United States and of its settler population toward indigenous Americans would meet these criteria, and Native Americans have indeed suffered genocide across the North American continent.

Genocide is:

… any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group … including:

1. (a) Killing members of the group;

2. (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

3. (c) Deliberately…

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