In the 1850s, American colonists started to move westward and started to take over more of the "unclaimed" territory. There were many Native American tribes living in the west already and the Americans pushed them out of their land in order to expand their own territory. The government and all the people moving westward had to take severe actions in order to acquire the land they wanted. During the period of the 1860s to 1890s, the lives of Native Americans were severely affected because they were being forced to assimilate to a new culture, and their government being changed drastically and their rights were taken away without any notice or say in what was going on.
During the period of the 1860s to 1890s, the lives of Native Americans were severely affected because they were being forced to assimilate to a new culture. Native American, Chief Luther stated, “It did not occur to me at the time that I was going away to learn the ways of the white man. My idea was that I was leaving the reservation and going to stay away long enough to do some brave deed, and then come home again alive. If I could just do that, then I knew my father would be so proud of me.” (Document C) The Native Americans were taken away from their work and their families in order to learn the way of the white man which they were not even aware of. Many Native American children were also forced away from their parents to go to American schools and to learn of American values. Also, Native Americans could not practice their own religions and values in the reservations so their lives were very restricted. Native Americans’ tents and their ways of being nomadic would be forced away from them and that they would live in built houses and go to American schools and learn of the English language (Document F). It took away a lot of their freedom and their lives were becoming controlled. They could not even follow their own values that they’ve known for so long....