During the 1950's

The Termination Policy

During the 1950's the federal government announced that it would give up its responsibility for Native Americans tribes. This was known as the Termination Policy, which eliminated federal economic support, discontinued the reservation system. IN the response of the Termination policy Indian Affairs began a voluntary relocation program to help Native Americans help resettle in the cities.

The cause and outcome of Termination Policy


A mid-twentieth-century U.S. government policy toward American Indians, was enacted to facilitate the long-standing goals of assimilation and self-determination and to end government programs supporting tribes.

To whom:

Introduced by Utah Senator Arthur Watkins, House Concurrent Resolution 108 was supported, for the most part, by conservative bureaucrats and politicians. From the measure's passage until its ultimate renunciation by Pres. Richard M. Nixon in 1970.