Part I: Explain the objective and promise of 18th – 19th century Indian policies and discuss how and why proceeding laws eliminated those established before them.

In other words… answer questions 1-3 for each of the Acts below!

1: What do the laws state and why are they created?  

2: Identify the promises made to specific Native American groups affected by the law

3: Explain how and why each Act broke the treaties (promises) of the one before. 

·         North West Ordinance 1787 (Question #3 does not apply)

·         Indian Removal Act 1830

·         The Homestead Act  1862

·         The Dawes Act 1887


Part II: Removal, Reservations, War, and Cultural Genocide: The American Ideal?

1 full paragraph single spaced using specific examples and reference to materials studied in class to support your claims.

1.      What tactic did the US government use to force the Plains Indians onto reservations? Can this be considered an act of genocide? Why? Manifest Destiny?

2.      Compare and contrast the long term goals of 18th and late 19th century Assimilation policies. Why the change? What does this suggest about cultural misunderstanding?

3.      Identify and briefly explain 3 reasons for the Indian Conflicts of the late 19th century. Promoting the Ideal?

4.      Discuss how Charles’ character in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee exemplifies both the success and failure of the Indian Assimilation program.  What was his greatest obstacle?  Why?

5.      Using your knowledge of the long term effects of Indian Schools and the Reservation system to assess the political relevance of the 1980 Resolution of Apology to Native Peoples of the United States. What does the apology suggest about manifest destiny and the American Ideal? You must include a reference to Shannon Francis’ response to the apology in your answer.