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Dawes Act
Updated: 3/28/2019
Dawes Act
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  • The Dawes Act had a negative impact on the American Indian tribes, to say the least
  • The Native Americans were forced to move yet again, to lands even smaller than the ones originally provided by the United States.
  • These new territories put the tribes very close together, which caused some tension
  • Also these lands were basically a desert, with land not fit for farming
  • One goal of the Dawes Act was to Assimilate the Natives into American Society
  • The government hoped to achieve this granting the complying Natives citizenship
  • The US Government also hoped, through assimilation, the Natives would break tribal unity
  • This eventually worked and many Natives slowly became part of American society
  • The Dawes Act also eventually caused the downfall of Native American society as a whole
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