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    Can government policy towards Native Americans before 1900 be justified? Was anything achieved?

    I have no clue.
    They did the reservation policy, which failed, and the dawes act which effectively failed, but was that everything?

    Thanks in advanced
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    To the US it can be justified as allowing them to pursue their idea of Manifest Destiny. They cleared the Natives in order to develop the West which in turn helped bulid up the American economy.
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    (Original post by vix007)
    Can government policy towards Native Americans before 1900 be justified? Was anything achieved?

    I have no clue.
    They did the reservation policy, which failed, and the dawes act which effectively failed, but was that everything?

    Thanks in advanced
    I would not say American Indian resettlement policies were justified but:

    The policy of the US government was to set aside reservations where American Indian tribes would live apart from the whites. Government officials hoped that the tribes would settle down on these reservations, exchange their weapons (i.e. bows and arrows) for shovels and plows, and learn to support themselves like the white settlers by farming and ranching. Manifest destiny influenced this resettlement policy since the US believed the territory should cover the entire continent from coast to coast. Some tribes submitted to reservation life without struggle though others like Sioux Nation resisted.

    Before 1900, American Indian tribes and the US government met together at many councils and made treaties with boundary lines marked. Certain lands were assigned to the tribes to have and hold forever – or, as the treaties often said, “as long as waters run and the grass shall grow.” Peace lasted only a few years because white hunters, miners, ranchers, and farmers would cross those boundary lines into Indian territory.
 
 
 
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