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Unformatted text preview: The tribes were viewed as separate nations to be dealt with by treaties arrived at through negotiations with the federal government. Although this policy seems fair-minded, it was clear from the beginning that the White peoples government would deal harshly with the tribal groups that refused to agree to treaties. Federal relations with the Native Americans were the responsibility of the secretary of war; consequently, when the Bureau of Indian Affairs was created in 1824 to coordinate the governments relations with the tribes, it was placed in the War Department. White settlers viewed the Native Americans as biologically and morally inferior and labeled them as uncivilized savages and heathens in order to justify their genocide, forced migration, and forced assimilation....
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- Fall '10