You must go to become farmers right now, and drop all of your culture.
We don't want to abandon our culture or become farmers!
Difficult To adapt a New Way of Life
I don't want to do this! I don't even have any tools!
(Same person; Years later)
I have done this for years, yet it is not getting any easier!
In 1887, a law was passed that divided the reservation camp's land to each Indian family. By doing this, they hoped to Americanize Indian's by teaching them how to farm and encouraged them to abandon their culture.
The Indians were given the chance to get their own land, at the cost of them abandoning their indian culture. It was not the fairest option, but it was the first real step towards their equality.
Although the act was placed to help the Indians, it was very difficult for the them to adapt to a new life and culture. Also, most of the Indians did not want to take up farming. Most were not able to buy any tools to even start farming. They were often given the worst land as well.