The "reservation" policy was made so they could remove Native Americans from direct contact with the white migrants who were pressuring the governments for each territory that will ultimately destroy the Indians culture. The "reservation" policy is said to be policy that shrunk Indian Territory to the Black Hills of the Dakota Territory and to Oklahoma. All of the Natives customs were threatened. "Indians used buffalo for food, clothing, fuel and even shelter" (Carnes and Garraty 456). As a result of the invasion Indians stopped hunting and many tribes became infuriated.
This newly ratified treaty now allowed our government forgo negotiations, and forcefully remove the Indians from their land for it had been ceded. The trail of tears, a harsh, unhealthy, and forced relocation to the western part of the country is what followed this treaty. This time in history was a time known as “ethnic cleansing”. An analysis of this time period shows that the Indian Removal act was the beginning of Indian relocation and president Jackson’s abuse of power, the Treaty of New Ecotah can be seen as a cause and effect which solidified the acceptance of forceful removal of Indians, and the Trail of Tears can be seen as the assurance of how the “New America” felt about Indians. In 1830 a landmark statut... ... middle of paper ... ... as the beginning of removal.
The Sioux, a tribe of Native Americans, have faced religious oppression for centuries, thus hindering their ability to achieve the American Dream. The American Dream should be accessible to all people, but this group of people continues to fight against religious discrimination every day of their lives. When the Englishmen started settling in America, the more harsh and frequent their oppression became. Indian tribes are separated from society by placing them in Indian Reserves to prevent the spreading of their religious beliefs. Judge John Marshall after careful consideration came to the conclusion that all tribes are separate nations, but our society continues to discriminate against their presence on the continent that was theirs first.
When the Dawes Act, a Native American Policy, was enforced in 1887, it focused on breaking up reservations by granting land allotments to individual Native Americans. At that time, people believed that if a person adopted the white man’s clothing, ways and was responsible for his own farm, he would eventually drop his, as stated by the Oxford University Press, “Indian-ness” and become assimilated in American society. The basic idea of this act was the taking away of Native American Culture because they were considered savage and primitive to the incoming settlers. Many historians now agree the Native’s treatment throughout the Dawes Act was completely unfair, unlawful, and unethical. American Society classified them as savages solely on their differences in morals, religion, appearance and overall culture.
Taking away the Indians land for good and making them move to reservations was wrong in so many ways. Letting them live with us only if they adopted our ways and religion was just one of the many wrong things that we did to the Native Americans. Today we criticize other countries that do the same thing that we did many years ago to the Native Americans. Most people have learned from the mistakes of the past but a majority of them have not. Racism against Native Americans has cost them their lives and culture which is an embarrassment in our history.
The Cherokee role in the American society was an ongoing battle amongst closed minds and sheer ignorance to rights of original land owners. For years the fight over land was the dividing instrument amongst the new citizens of a new, free country and the traditions of the Cherokee people was being pushed back into the west. Since international law said that England had discovered the American colonies, they therefore owned all of the land. That meant that the natives or "uncivilized" people no longer owned the land. This group of the "uncivilized" consisted of many Indian tribes which were forced out of their homeland, including the Cherokee.
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Americans saw the Revolution as an opportunity to "complete the process of dispossessing Indians of their rich lands." (Foner, 230&231) Indians could not enjoy the freedoms that were granted to white males after the Revolution. They were not able to work, participate in politics, or freely practice their religion. Although the Revolution was a significant blow to the Native Americans, it wouldn’t be the last event that would alter their ways of life. From the end of the American Revolution to 1865, Native Americans would continue to be forced off their lands and be forced to give up their old ways of life and assimilate to American culture.
American’s theorized they could separate them from their parents and “kill the Indian… to save the man” (Johansen). The schools would also play a role in the loss of the Native American language (Johansen). In contrast to the racial segregation experienced by Blacks, Native Americans were forced to integrate and assimilate while letting go of every tradition from spiritual beliefs and language to health and self-governance (Johansen). In the early 19th Century federal Indian agents were assigned to reservations to... ... middle of paper ... ... American Indian stereotypes. Web.
With the expansion of the country, the white Americans decided that they needed the Natives out. There were several motives for the removal of the Indians from their lands, to include racism and land lust. Since they first arrived, the white Americans hadn’t been too fond of the Native Americans. They were thought to be highly uncivilized and they had to go. In his letter to Congress addressing the removal of the Indian tribes, President Jackson states the following: “It will separate the Indians from immediate contact with settlements of whites; free them from the power of the States; enable them to pursue happiness in their own way and under their own rude institutions; will retard the progress of decay, which is lessening their numbers, and perhaps cause them gradually, under the protection of the Government and through the influence of good counsels, to cast off their savage habits and become an interesting, civilized, and Christian community.” (Jackson).