How American Indians came to be concentrated on reservations
is a complicated story that most Americans know only
very little about from their courses in American history in
high school and college .The isolation and concentration of
American Indians began very early, but it received its first
legal justification in the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Subsequent
to the passage of this legislation, most of the Indians
who were located east of the Mississippi were relocated to
areas west of the river. This relocation included groups such
as the Seneca, who were forced to leave the state of New
York and eventually ended up in a small area in what is now
northeastern Oklahoma; the Sauk Indians, who were forced
to leave the Midwest and now live in a small area in northcentral
Oklahoma; and the Cherokee, who were forced to
leave the Southeast for eastern Oklahoma. Those Indians
who did not move west of the Mississippi were compelled to
give up large portions of land over which they had previously
had control and were concentrated on increasingly
small and geographically isolated areas. The Chippewa in
Wisconsin, for example, gave up control of the northern
third of the state and retained only a very small amount of
land for their own use.
As the population of European origin in the United States
began to surge west of the Mississippi in the late 1800s, there
was increasing pressure on the recently removed groups
such as the Cherokee to give up some of their new land, and
on the groups indigenous to the West, such as the Sioux, to
give up large amounts of land traditionally under their control.
Some of this further expulsion was accomplished in a
relatively peaceful manner through treaties, and some was
accomplished through violent military confrontation. The
lands reserved for Indian use were generally regarded as the
least desirable by whites and were almost always located far
from major population centers, trails, and transportation
routes that later became part of the modern system of metropolitan
areas, highways, and railroads. In sum, for most of
the nineteenth century the policy of the U.S. government
was to isolate and concentrate Indians in places with few
natural resources, far from contact with the developing U.S.
economy and society..The reservations were moved at the
discretion of the government if the land was found to have
riches such as silver and gold.This system was designed to
give the Indians only the worst possible land and to keep them
isolated from society that felt they were somehow inferior to the European
and needed to be separate from them. It was a disgrace in this nation,
Joe it only asked for the reasons that there were reservations.
Do I in the least believe that one can equate the problems with illegal aliens to the settlers in the area.There was no central seat of government among the hundreds of different tribes in this land.There were no laws against anyone coming here Once the settlers formed governments they passed laws that affected others entering this area. The laws of the USA are clearly defined,it is against the law for anyone that is not a legal citizen to enter this nation. by illegal methods They must come via the legal path that allows them to be here..Any one else is an illegal alien.
Government forced them to. Looking back on it, we can see that reservations were actually a type of internment camps. This way government could keep them all rounded up, all in one place, much easier to control.