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Unformatted text preview: The governments intention to merge the various tribes into White society was unmistakably demonstrated in the 1887 Dawes Act (or General Allotment Act ), which bypassed tribal leaders and proposed to turn tribal members into individual landowners. Each family was given up to 160 acres under the governments assumption that, with land, they would become more like the White homesteaders who were then flooding the unsettled areas of the West. The effect of the Allotment Act on the Native Americans was disastrous. To guarantee that they would remain homesteaders, the act prohibited their selling of the land for 25 years; however, no effort was made to acquaint them with the skills necessary to make the land productive. Many tribes were not accustomed to cultivating land, considered such labor undignified, and they received no assistance in adapting to homesteading....
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