Before the Americans took over Western United States, the West-Native Americans lived in peace and solitude in that area. They created their home in the woodlands, and survived off of the animals that lived there with them. This population consisted of several native groups such as the Sioux, Pawnee Cheyenne and the Arapaho.
As time past, the Americans started to travel more west to take over the Native land. This then forced the Natives to live on reservations, forbidding them from the area that they thrived on. The Americans began to clear out woodland to create roads and settlements, therefore causing all the wild life that the Natives prayed on, to migrate to other areas. This made survival very hard for the Native Americans.
Finally, one Native American named Sarah Winnemucca decided to do something about the neglect from the Americans. She went to Washington and displayed her issues in a book. This book included everything her and the Indians believed was unfair treatment. The American government read through the book and then tried to create a solution that would accommodate both the Americans and the Natives. This became known as the Dawes Act.