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What was the goal of the Dawes Act?

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What was the goal of the Dawes Act?

Settlement of the American West

Because neither pushing Native Americans west nor settling them on reservations had worked well, Senator Dawes suggested a new plan. His legislation turned tribal members living on reservation lands into American citizens holding titles to their own farms.

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The Dawes Act of 1887: Definition & Summary

from NY Regents Exam - US History and Government: Tutoring Solution

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