How the Dawes Act Stripped Native Americans Of Land & Created A Cycle Of Poverty
The architects of the Dawes Act claimed that the law would benefit Native Americans. But in fact, it did the opposite. Native Americans were not accustomed to ranching or farming—neither the Dawes Act nor any other law provide for agricultural education or farming equipment. Moreover, the lands that the Native Americans were given on which to farm or ranch were unsuitable for either.