Create Your Own Cartoon: Dawes Act

Create Your Own Cartoon: Dawes Act

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  • The Dawes Act Approved February 8, 1887. Now in affect!  Those who refuse to abide by said act, will be punishable.
  • Previously communal lands of the American Indian people, are to be split. These pieces of land are planned to be sold in small sections. 
  • Tribes are to be separated;  previous tribal belonging is meaningless. Bloodline is also meaningless, individuals will be chosen into tribes by the government.
  • Some chose to fight, others to flee; many perished. The U.S. military was ruthless in the extermination of the resisting American Indians, slaughtering them by the plenty. 
  • Those who chose to flee met an agonizing journey. There were many small battles with the U.S. military and a long, gruesome path. Those who disappeared from the group were thought  to have frozen to death. Food and shelter were scarce. Children who were lost were assumed dead as well as many others. 
  • Ultimately, the Dawes Act brought great suffering to the American Indian people; causing battles, mass loss of their population, taking and sectioning their land, and the splitting of their tribes. 
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