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  • Author: Stephen Pevar

The Dawes Act: How Congress tried to destroy Indian reservations

How would you feel if the government confiscated your land, sold it to someone else, and tried to force you to change your way of life, all the while telling you it’s for your own good? That’s what Congress did to Indian tribes 125 years ago today when, with devastating results, it passed the Dawes Act.

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