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Explainingwhat a reservation is and how it has changed over time.

Areservation is neither a sanctuary nor a trap. Rather, it began asgoodwill in which people would protect themselves from harmfulthings. It was a way of managing a piece of land by a Native Americantribe concerning the Indian affairs. Over time, there have beenchanges to the reservation with tribes being sovereigns but limitedto the state and federal laws. Currently, there are differentreservations under various government systems.


1).Ways in which the Louisiana Purchase provided a temporarygeographical solution to the Indian problem.

TheLouisiana Purchase resulted in an increase in the population, mining,agricultural activities, and commerce. The combination of thesefactors worked well in strengthening the nation. The purchase camewith opportunities for individuals and families to move to theterritories without settlers and start their lives. Such a move wasof great helping in fostering independence spirit and co-operationthus acting as a temporary solution to the Indian problem.

2).The reasons for starting the reservation system as put forth bySilvernand its goals.

Thereservation system was begun to help a majority of poor people comingfrom small caste groups. These people required a social network whichwould enable them to fit in the society as full members. The goals ofthe reservation system were to raise the part of the society deemedas lower strata, offer an optimal political presentation of theminority groups, and bring to a stop the discrimination against theminority groups during job selections.

3.The working of the concept of reservation as a confined space ofassimilation.

Overtime, the idea of reservation has evolved to become the mostefficient way in the assimilation of the Indian people. When theconcept of the reservation was put forth, colonization of Indiantribes took place. These people were then confined to a smalldistrict resulting to assimilation.

4).The goal of the government with the allotment system according to theDawes Act and how it was supposed to take place.

Thegovernment’s goal was to come up with the right criterion ofdividing the land to the Indians in an appropriate manner. Theallotment would take place under the guidance of the adult Indians.

5).The impact of the concept of wilderness as an “uninhabited Eden”and the establishment of national parks such as Yellowstone NationalPark on the tribes.

Thereis better accessibility to the national parks by all people andallows the preservationists to work towards saving the natural areas.The concept of wilderness also promoted public awareness and effortsin conserving the environment.


1).Comparison and contrast between the Homestead and Dawes Act.

Boththe Homestead and Dawes Acts played a central role in the settling ofthe Native Americans. The acts as well aimed at promotingagricultural activities and civilization. Under the Homestead Act, itwas not an easy process to build a life in the West. There was a lackof adequate resources to create decent homes and life in the area waslonely and challenging. Under the Dawes Act, the allotment of land tothe Native people was in the regions that could not support economicactivities and individuals had a hard time in building their lives.

2).How to remember the Dawes Act.

DawesAct can be remembered for fitting in the goal of the large governmentwhich was the assimilation of the Native Americans. The act allowedfor allotment of land to the male Native Americans with the promiseof land ownership after twenty-five years of successful farming.

3).The success or failure of the Dawes Act.

Theact was a failure because the land allotment to the Native Americanswas in regions unsuitable for farming yet the promise of landownership was pegged on successful farming. There were alsoamendments to the Act requiring government agents to determinewhether the Native Americans were eligible to the twenty-five yearsof trust leading to reclaiming of the land by the agents.