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Explain the development of federal policy towards Native Americans in the late nineteenth century.

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American policy towards the Native Americans has varied throughout different periods of American History. Between 1830-1860, the government followed a policy of removing the Native Americans to lands west of the Mississippi River. This is often referenced as The Trail of Tears. Some Native Americans resisted this policy while some accepted it.

Between 1860-1886, our policy changed. As more Americans moved westward during this time period, people were again fearful that the Native Americans would hold back the growth of the country. People were also concerned about attacks by the Native Americans. The government developed a new policy known as the Indian Peace Commission. With this policy, Native...

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