Indian Problem

2171 Words Sep 29th, 2012 9 Pages
2. From a range of Native American perspectives that we have studied in these last four weeks of class, how did Indians respond to the government’s agenda to solve “the Indian Problem”? Where did they cooperate—and why—and where did they resist—and why? The “Indian Problem” was the “burden” that the United States Government faced throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Government considered the Indians to be a “problem” due to the fact that native tribes were halting the expansionist policy popular in the 1800’s. The main aspects targeted and defined as the “Indian Problem” by the Government were the Indian’s religious practices, household structure and land ownership, and educational differences. The variety of responses …show more content…
The Dawes Act assigned allotments of land to individual Indians, vocational training for adults, education for Indian children through boarding schools, and established churches to watch over Indian policies. The aspects of the Dawes Act, in an attempt to solve the “Indian Problem,” led to a wide range of actions and responses of the Native Americans. The Crow People, a tribe located in the Yellowstone River Valley which stretched from present day Wyoming through Montana and North Dakota, “were known for their peaceable demeanor toward whites.” The Crow were a people that relied heavily on raiding and hunting as a measure of status in their culture and when the United States outlawed this, the Crow people were hit hard. “The Government forbade our raids, but sometimes a man gathered a party and sneaked away.” Instead of fighting against the legislation, the Crow chose to ignore parts of it and chose instead to work with the government which hired Crow Warriors to perform scouting and courier duties protecting settlers from the Sioux. This was the Crow could still fight their enemies, but with permission from the U.S Government. The Crow also accepted many aspects of the Dawes Act by beginning to live in “permanent homes, till their fields, and sent their children to schools” as part of the civilization process. The Crow, however, did fight against the…

More about Indian Problem