Native American Colonialism

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From the time during North American colonialism to the modern era, American Indians have responded to and countered U.S. policies, philosophies, and agreements in hopes of sustaining and preserving their sovereignty and relationships to the land. As a result, the U.S. government employed many different approaches in dealing with American Indians in hopes of assimilation and diminishment of Native American culture from the mid-19th century to early-20th century. Consequently, as the U.S. government policies of assimilation directed towards American Indians evolved from 1850 to 1930, so did the Indian response. Native American responses to early aggressive U.S. polices, as in the violations of the Treaty of Fort Laramie and the Confederate Home Guard, resulted in violent resistive responses from American Indians for the ossification of their relationship to land. As U.S. detribalization policies later shifted to a more diplomatic approach for improved westernized assimilation, like the Dawes Allotment Act and use of boarding schools, American Indian’s response metamorphosed from resistance to adaptation for the preservation and survival of their native identities and culture. The intrinsic relationships that American Indians had to their lands was a non-negotiable doctrine for many tribes. Violating these terms proved to promote resistive responses that frequently involved violence and war. In addition, many early U.S. policies in the 1850’s commonly disregarded sovereign
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