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Lect. 7-1 - The Dispersal of the Tribes Describe the...

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The Dispersal of the Tribes Describe the various approaches that the American government has taken towards the “Indian Problem” in US History. In general, how successful was each approach? 1. American Tribal Policies a. “Separation” i. As long as they were away from Americans, it would be ok ii. Push them further and further West b. “Concentration” – Reservations i. Round them up and put them in manageable reserves ii. We won’t encroach on them, and they won’t leave there c. “Americanization” i. Convert them to “American Citizens” 1. Much like the immigrants d. “Self Determination” – 20th Century i. Tribes make decisions for themselves, without the government forcing their hand 2. Federal Government and American Indians a. Independent Nations – Treaties i. Early American Indian tribes were considered as independent foreign entities, and thus treaties are required b. Wards of the President – Paternalistic Authority i.
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