Native American turning points- Dawes Act

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Dawes act
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1887- made by congress to end reservations.
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Argument it was a turning point
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Ended reservations. People got citizenship from land ownership. Some people adapted and were successful in farming and making money. Each male head of family gets 160 acres of land and after 25 years gets full ownership of land.
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Argument it wasn’t a turning point
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Many didn’t adapt and got into debt and had to sell their land to white settlers and move back to reservations. Still was a way to assimilate. Women lost their status because before they owned the property but now it was the men in charge of the property. No one respected or understood culture or traditions of native Americans. Got citizenship but didn’t want it. Weren’t allowed polygamy and had to send children to school when that wasn’t part of tradition.

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