This article in Time magazine actually made me feel good about the prospects for the world (I have been a bit cynical and pessimistic lately). It seems there is a region in South Africa that is run by a tribe called the Bafokeng. They were screwed over by generations of invaders - of the military, political, and commercial kinds.
But rather than resort to violence, or to just roll over, they used persistence and strategy. And now, they are one of the most successful regions in all of Africa. Read the article.