Describe The Treatment Of Native Americans By Government In The Mid To Late 1800s In America

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Katie Martin January 10, 2011 US History Chapter 13 & 14 Essay 1. Describe the treatment of Native Americans by governments in the mid to late 1800s in America. Was it justified? Explain. a. Designated boundaries for reservations b. Use of military force c. Treaties and compensation d. Gold rushes e. Policy of assimilation Throughout the 19th century, the treatment of Native Americans by the United States government was far less than respectful. The US government allowed its desire for settlement in the West to justify the relocation of thousands of Native Americans. Once on reservations Native Americans were expected to assimilate into the American culture. Military force was used by the government against the Native Americans if they refused to relocate, or if they acted out against the…show more content…
Multiple treaties were made with the Native Americans; however, these treaties were rarely enforced and often broken, especially during the time of gold rushes. Once the United States had fully expanded to the West, it seemed like the only thing left to do was populate the area. However, there was a problem, Native Americans occupied and had occupied the Great Plains for hundreds of years. To solve this problem, the United Stated government created Native American reservations to avoid clashes over land boundaries between Native Americans and white settlers, and issued a series of treaties with the Native Americans in attempt to buy out their land and relocate them. By confining Native American tribes, the military could keep a watchful eye on their activity and occasionally provided for by federal effort. The Fort Laramie Treaty was signed on September 17, 1851 between the United States and the representatives of the Cheyenne, Sioux, Arapaho, Navajo Crow, Shoshone, Assiniboine, Mandan,

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