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Dawes Act
Updated: 3/26/2019
Dawes Act
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  • Today we will be learning about the Dawes Act. Although the act was made to help the Native American Indians, it really ended up hurting them more. 
  • The law gave the president the ability to break up Indian reservation lands, which could be dangerous, and eventually was.
  • Before the Native Americans were able to receive the new land they were said to be given, they had to enlist in a tribal roll. If the Natives did not enlist, they would not receive any land.
  • Yes, the Dawes Act was made to save the rights of land that the Indians had, but the Indians ended up gaining desert lands from the act and lost almost all of their precious land
  • After the Indians moved to their new lands, they began to run into many issues.
  • The Indians ran into problems with agriculture due to the dry desert lands. They ran into issue with not having the right supplies to work on the land and building structures. The Natives also had problems with inheritance because there was so little to give their young. To wrap up the lesson.... The Dawes Act was originally made with the intent of saving tribal lands and the rights of the Native Americans, but in the end, the law hurt them.
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