"Native Americans represent just one per cent of the US population and some languages have only one speaker left. Now a new generation is fighting to preserve the culture. Meet the women leading that fight."
Each feather In a Sioux Chief’s long bonnet recognizes a valuable deed & service rendered to the Tribe. Among the plains Indians, a Brave was allowed to wear a bonnet as recognition of his battle accomplishments, frontline valor and hand to hand combat. A war bonnet was believed to protect the fighter. Each feather was awarded for an important act in battle.
The "Trail of Tears". In 1837, the "Indian Removal Policy" began, to implement the act of Congress, signed by the President who said "that the only good Indian is a dead Indian", Andrew Jackson in 1830. The forced march, consisted of about twenty Native American tribes that included "Five Civilized Tribes" (Creek, Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Seminole). They were pushed into "Indian Territory" (which later became Oklahoma).