The Dawes Act and the Native American Indians

The Dawes Act and the Native American Indians

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  • During the Dawes Act to receive allotted land tribe members were to enroll with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • After enrolled, their name went on the "Dawes rolls" and the land was divided up among the families within the tribes.
  • The Dawes Act did not apply to the five civilized tribes until later on during a negotiation with President Grover.
  • The "extra" land that was not alloted was to be used in the Oklahoma Land Rushes of the 1890s.
  • The allotments were difficult in dividing up inheritance and when divided up were sometimes too small for farming.
  • Some of the tribes had to resort to farming as their way of making a living and to keep their land, thought in some parts of the new land were horrible for growing crops and most did not want to farm.
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