America- congress

Topics: Native Americans in the United States, Supreme Court of the United States, United States Pages: 4 (1443 words) Published: February 24, 2014
In the beginning of the period the federal government did very little to aid the development of Native American civil rights in fact treaties and reservations along with other legislations only aided in diminishing the rights of Native Americans. However by the end of the period the Supreme Court had played an influential role in enabling the Native Americans to progress in developing the rights they had long been denied e.g. their desire to maintain their culture and access the opportunities of their land wholly. The activism towards civil rights for African Americans in the 1960s - 1970s consequently sparked activism from Native Americans; their desire for Self-Determination began to be further implemented, primarily by the strong support and rulings of the Supreme Court. This meant that by 1992 the independence that many Native Americans had enjoyed prior to 1865 had been partially restored. Despite congress not participating as greatly with the supporting of the rights of Native Americans it cannot be denied that by the end of the period it was the combination of the three branches of federal government that allowed Native Americans in their journey of furthering their Civil rights. From the period of 1865-1900 it was evident that the Supreme Court would not be taking an active role with regards to Native American rights as they were revoking all rights to Congress who took advantage of this and used this as an opportunity to assimilate Native Americans into society by stripping them of their rights. However, through trying to assimilate Native Americans Congress did attempt to make some brief attempts to better the conditions of Native Americans lives for example in 1877 the government spent $20,000 on the education of Native American children aged 5-18 and in 1869 the government set up Board of commissioners to help assimilate Native Americans however it was a very corrupt system and very few Native Americans benefited from it. This shows a very inactive...
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