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Bell Ringer: The Dawes Act and Indian Land Ownership

The Dawes Act and Indian Land Ownership

Muscogee (Creek) Nation curator John Beaver discussed the 1887 Dawes Act which changed how Indians in Oklahoma owned land. He also talked about the Oklahoma land runs and how the 1898 Curtis Act decreased the power of tribal governments in order to enforce the Dawes Act.

Description

Muscogee (Creek) Nation curator John Beaver discussed the 1887 Dawes Act which changed how Indians in Oklahoma owned land. He also talked about the Oklahoma land runs and how the 1898 Curtis Act decreased the power of tribal governments in order to enforce the Dawes Act.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How did the Dawes Act change Indian land ownership in Oklahoma?
  • What is meant by a land run?
  • Why did the Dawes Act affect the land runs in Oklahoma in the late 1800s?
  • What was the purpose of the Dawes Commission in the Indian Territory? How successful was this commission?
  • What was effect of the Dawes Act and the Curtis Act on the tribes and their way of life?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Acres
    • Cherokee
    • Chickasaw
    • Choctaw
    • Creek
    • Curtis Act
    • Dawes Act
    • Indian Territory
    • Land Run
    • Muscogee
    • Oklahoma Territory
    • Seminole
    • Statehood

    Topics

    GeographyState HistoryU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity