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Indian Appropriations Act (1871)

Updated 2020-07-03
  • Indian Appropriations Act (1871)

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    In what was supposed to be a routine bill providing funds to Indian Agencies, the Indian Appropriations Act of 1871  included a significant clause declaring that American Indians did not belong to "independent nations" and could therefore not enter treaties with the United States. A departure from previous US-Indian relations, the Act dealt a major blow to indigenous sovereignty.
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