Dawes Act

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Dawes Act


General Allotment Act,

1887, passed by the U.S. Congress to provide for the granting of landholdings (allotments, usually 160 acres/65 hectares) to individual Native Americans, replacing communal tribal holdings. Sponsored by U.S. Senator H. L. DawesDawes, Henry Laurens,
1816–1903, U.S. Senator (1875–93), b. Cummington, Mass. He was U.S. district attorney for W Massachusetts (1853–57) and a Republican member of the House of Representatives (1857–75).
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, the aim of the act was to absorb tribe members into the larger national society. Allotments could be sold after a statutory period (25 years), and "surplus" land not allotted was opened to settlers. Within decades following the passage of the act the vast majority of what had been tribal land in the West was in white hands.

The act also established a trust fund to collect and distribute proceeds from oil, mineral, timber, and grazing leases on Native American lands. The failure of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to manage this trust fund properly led to legislation and lawsuits in the 1990s and early 2000s to force the government to properly account for the revenues collected.

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The Dawes Act of 1887 and the reservation system dramatically changed daily life and political dynamics, particularly for the Oglala Lakotas.
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The Allotment Plot makes a persuasive case that teasing out these seemingly conflicting approaches to implementing the Dawes Act of 1887 (the federal law that required reservation lands be divided up into individual and family tracts) demands that historians explore several different kinds of records and place them in conversation with each other.
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LaVere explains that even issues such as the Dawes Act of 1887 and the Curtis Act of 1898, which should have brought these two groups of Indians together, failed to foster a permanent sense of commonality.
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