Historical Background: The Dawes Act (General Allotment Act of 1887)
The Dawes Act...
Indian Allotments on the Rosebud Reservation, 1903
(from the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Archives)
A Serious Problem Facing Communities
An illustration depicting fractionation of a possible allotment of
land over six generations, assuming only three heirs per generation.
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