Education, Land Tenure, And Their Religion

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There are many aspects which changed most in the lives of South Dakota’s Native American Population from the pre-contact era to the present. The three aspects that will be discussed in this paper will be education, land tenure, and their religion/spirituality. The first aspect that will be addressed is education. Indian children and Indian people did not necessarily have an “education”. They learned the ways and religion of their people. This was mainly all the people needed to know. Allotment created obstacles which caused the reservation to break up. Education was very important in saving these people’s lives, cultures, and progressing their future. As said in Calloway’s First Peoples, it states that reformers normally wanted to educate Indian Adults, but soon enough Indian children became the main focus. Some children attended day schools, which were on the reservations. Reformers preferred the children to attend off-reservation boarding schools because they thought the children would be isolated from the influences of the family and friends around them. The formation of the American Indian Boarding School was a major historical event that had a huge impact on education. The American Indian Boarding School was a school designed to put an end to the Native America culture, language, and their spirituality of Native American nations. These institutions were dispersed throughout the United States and were ran by the non-American Indian government as well as churches. School
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