The Dawes Act of 1887: Definition & Summary


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Which of the following is true of the Dawes Act of 1887?

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1. The purpose of the Dawes Act of 1887 was to:

2. This was the term used for land set aside for Native Americans to live more or less as they pleased, as long as they remained within pre-established borders:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The following quiz and worksheet combo will display your knowledge of the Dawes Act of 1887. Areas covered during the quiz include the purpose for the act and the effects the act had.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • Why the act was created
  • Laws made for the reservation policy of the United States government
  • Term for land set aside for Native Americans to live how they wish

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Dawes Act of 1887
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about why the act was created
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding its impact on Native Americans and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To study more about the act, review the accompanying lesson on The Dawes Act of 1887. This lesson will cover the following objectives:

  • Details the Indian Removal Act of 1830
  • Explores the Homestead Act in 1862
  • Explains the thought process of Sen. Henry Dawes
  • Covers the long term effects on Native Americans