United States Indian Policy: From the Dawes Act to the American Indian Policy Review Commission

  title={United States Indian Policy: From the Dawes Act to the American Indian Policy Review Commission},
  author={Paul H. Stuart},
  journal={Social Service Review},
  pages={451 - 463}
  • P. Stuart
  • Published 1 September 1977
  • Political Science
  • Social Service Review
The General Allotment Act (1887) and the Indian Reorganization Act (1934) each guided United States Indian policy for four decades. While the acts differed in ideology and in the outcomes envisioned for the Indians, each offered a solution to a white-defined "Indian problem," and each was modified soon after enactment. A review of forty years' experience with the acts suggests that, in both cases, the failure to maintain a commitment to Indian interests contributed to the failure to achieve… 
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