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Letter: American Indians also suffer gov’t injustice

Native American dancers participate Friday, Sept. 2, 2016,

Native American dancers participate Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, during the opening day of the 70th annual Shinnecock Indian Powwow on Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The Black Lives Matter movement calls to mind many articles I’ve read in the past few years of law enforcement’s unfair treatment of American Indians [“Dems: Trump minority outreach ‘insulting,’ ” News, Aug. 24].

Yes, much discussion has justifiably focused on African-Americans in urban areas who suffer from criminal injustice. However, a large number of American Indians are sentenced more harshly for crimes.

Despite gaining citizenship in 1924 — after consistently horrible treatment by the U.S. government, a very dark page in our history — American Indians continue to suffer severe economic and social problems. Our federal and state governments should provide more resources and work closely with tribal governments to help alleviate these and other problems. Indian lives are truly part of America’s unfinished business.

Chet Lukaszewski, Huntington