Assess the validity of the following statement about government policy towards Native Americans.
In the 30 years after the Civil War, government policy towards Native Americans shifted from forced separation to integration into American society.
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This statement is somewhat accurate, but not completely.
The government did move away from forced separation, but not right away. After all, the Indian Wars of this time were focused on forcing the Native Americans on to reservations. However, toward the end of the period, the government did try to make the Indians more like white Americans through such things as the residential boarding school program. We must note, though, that this did not really make for integration into American society. The government was trying to destroy Indian culture, but it was not doing anything to actually integrate them into white culture.
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