Lands of Turtle Island before European invasion
During European conquests, the lands of Turtle Island were renamed “America”, by a German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller who created a map in 1507 that depicted the “New World”. Waldseemüller called it "America", having named it after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
European exploration led to the invasion of Turtle Island, involving many commanders from the European World, since 1500. Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés ravaged Mexico for Spain. American George Washington battled for the States. French Commandant Napoleon Bonaparte menaced peace for French Canada.
Since the European invasion, First Nations people have been subjected to cataloged names —kind of like an “Indian reservation” —such as “Native”, “Injun”, which is a cross corruption of “Indian” and “Indigenous peoples of the Americas”, and “Native American” (see Native American name controversy).
Mistreatment of first peoples continues throughout the entire decade of the 1980s.
On 30 January 1989, Russell Means harshly criticizes First Nation affairs and leadership of “reservations” at Senate Hearing, to the Special Committee on Investigations. The SCI holds hearings to examine various matters relating to First Nation affairs, focusing on problems arising from US Federal Government representation of First Nation interests, and alleged fraud and corruption in regulating “Indian reservations”. The entire hearing can be viewed from C-SPAN Video Library - Overview of Indian Affairs
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