Akcakale for The resort to violence, however, only further ensured that the aboriginal people would fight a losing battle. Beginning in the first half of the twentieth century, some of the demands made by native Americans for greater autonomy and economic improvement found more receptive audiences. Their numbers began to increase. While the population of native people has risen to over a million today, their cultures remain severely threatened and their general quality of life remains deplorable. Native Americans have the lowest life expectancy, the highest rate of alcoholism, the highest rate of unemployment, and the highest high school dropout rate of any group in the United States.19 In spite of these severe obstacles, many native people are bravely attempting to preserve their cultural identities or at least to have a say in how these identities will become transformed. Wub-e-ke-niew, a member of the Anishinabe- Ojibway tribe, claims that his people’s identity remains intrinsically linked to the land: Our land and our forests are, and have always been, an integral part of our religion, our philosophy and our very identity. Akcakale 2016.