The Dawes Act 1887 Kerry Hamill, Cassidy Lorenz, Connor Bradshaw Who is Involved? • Several white Americans were involved in this act being passed. • These Americans thought that the government was treating the Native Americans unfairly. • Some well known people who were involved were… – Helen Hunt Jackson – Sarah Winnemucca What caused this event to occur? • This act passed because white Americans thought that the government was treating the Native Americans unfairly • They noted all of the broken promises that the government had made toward Native Americans When/Where • This event occurred in 1887 • All over the country but specifically in the Native American reservations. Effects • • • • Gave each family a separate plot of land Sent children to boarding schools Taught adults to learn how to farm Did little to help Native Americans Why Did It Fail? • The Dawes Act failed because the land that was given to each family was too small • Also the most land was not agriculturally fit for farming. • The few Native Americans that did want to farm lacked the tools and money • They were not used to the agricultural way of life Bibliography • “The Dawes Act 1887.” Nebraska Studies. Nebraska State Historical Society, n.d. Web. 7 Nov. 2011. • La Vere, David L. “Indian Territory .” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2011. Web. 7 Nov. 2011. • The National Archives. “The Dawes Act.” PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 7 Nov. 2011.