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Depending on what version of American History you read, the life of Native Americans before Columbus was, in many ways, idyllic. At the very least many Native Americans had a much nobler attachment to and respect for the environment than our ancestors did. Native Americans saw the land as a gift, belonging to no one, and under the stewardship of all. They took what they needed to live on and existed in a balanced relationship with nature.
Of course that all changed with colonization and the westward migration of settlers. The concept of private property is probably what pushed most Native American communities to the edge of extinction. Treaties, most not worth the parchment they were written on, promised safe havens for those pushed off their hunting and fishing grounds. Ultimately, the expansion across the continent was just too much.