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  1. Ixodes at |

    Not to be too critical, but I don’t think a majority have thought of “native americans” (or whatever they are called…see #10) as “war-hungry savages” (#9) since at least 1990 (Dances with Wolves). While I am sure a few still do, as many races have negative veiws of each other, I don’t think this is a commonly held belief anymore, certainly not in most modern entertainment. Wow….1990….I can’t believe how old I have gotten…….remember when Kevin Costner could act? Neither can I.

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  2. marc at |

    It’s reading articles like this that makes me glad I went to school in New York State. The NYS middle school curriculum mandates a year of NYS history that covers more than just the European settlers. In fact it goes into the history of the Iroquois Nation in great depth. IIRC, 6th or 7th grade covers it and the class dispelled many of these myths in this very article. I don’t know about other states but I do know that the one year taught me an awful lot about what was going on here well before Europeans showed up..

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  3. Martin Fiero at |

    Like all generalities this article gets some concepts right and others wrong. if this article kindled an interest definitely pursue it. the pre-colombian peoples where amazing and many things would surprise you.

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  4. Sheikh at |

    “They don’t have to pay taxes”
    [Picture of I.R.S drop kicking Tatanka]

    Brilliant! Just brilliant.

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  5. Gpenguin at |

    On number 9 its pretty laughable not to call NA savages as I since my childhood have gone to pow wows and we know even before the European settlers were here, NA were considered savage as most of the tribes were at war before the European settlers arrived! Scalping happened before Eu settlers as well as blood thirsty feuds. The majority of people think that the NA were not savages by now that should be on your list as wrong; your interpretation is somewhat based on how people are supposed to feel bad for what happened to the NA culture but they were savages as history shows this! I have no idea why people try to make NA not savages just because of the massacres that happened to them. Having tribes at war (which again is true history) and then all of a sudden Europeans show up with guns and new technology, you dont think that the first indians to see them wouldnt want to make an alliance with them during uncertain war times, which could be anytime? Our history is always changing due to what people now are taught to think about NA culture, we understand the horrors that happened but do not want history changed because other minorities,whites,blacks feel bad for us. we accept our history, so should you

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  6. Cherokee at |

    “This is made more difficult by the fact that there are so few of them left”
    You should add that misconception to the list too, we are still here and growing in numbers everyday. Not to mention all of our brothers south of the border made by the white man who are int the millions. They make up the majority in countries like Bolivia and Peru, and huge minorities in countries like Mexico and El Salvador

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