Results of the Dawes Act

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Results of the Dawes Act i. Intended to make individualists out of the Indians ii. It distributed Native American reservation lands among individual members of the tribe to form a system of agriculture more similar to the white man’s iii. The law: 1. Ignored culture on tribal held land 2. By 1900, Indians lost 50% of the 156 million acres they held in 1880 iv. Forced-assimilation remained the cornerstone of the government’s Indian policy for nearly 50 years v. Indian population would increase: 1. 1887 – 243,000 2. 2000 – 1.5 million V. Mining a. Mining Increases i. Because of: 1. Conquest of Indians 2. Railroad b. Gold In CA and CO i. Gold was still attracting people to CA ii. Discovery of gold in 1858 attracted “59ers” or “Pikes Peakers” iii. Over time, there were more people than gold, causing some to go broke c. Comstock Lode i. Found $340 million in gold and silver in NV in 1859 ii. NV would prematurely be added to the Union in 1864 to give Lincoln 3 more electoral votes
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