Westward Expansion

Expansion of Land Over the Lives of Sioux Indians

Taking the Land of Sioux Indians

They tried to keep them from having war but the United States didn't put much effort in keeping that from happening. The United States barely cared if they ended up with murdering the Native American population. One piece of land they had wanted was the Black Hills that the United States thought had gold so they took the land in really any way possible.

The Dawes Act made it so the Native Americans were taken of their land and killed so the United States could move to the west and just to get gold. Dawes Act had basically made the Native Americans to become farmers and citizens also weakened cultural traditions. The government often tricked them into moving there. An example is that the American soldiers had killed many Sioux just because they thought that they would in some way stop the Americans from conquering the land they had wanted. Also they had made the Native Americans go to their schools and they had also made them join the Christian religion.

The United States had wanted to move the natives to reservations but they didn't have anything worth full there near the buffalo and they were now supposed to become farmers instead. They tried to keep them from having war but the United States didn't put much effort in keeping that from happening. That is how the United States had put the idea of having more land over the thought of not ending the Native American lives.

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Sioux Indians Homeland

The Dawes Act-Excerpts from American Indian Homelands