The Indian Removal Act Of 1830 Essay

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The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was a “mandatory relocation of eastern tribes to territories west of the Mississippi” (Roark). The removal act was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson under the belief and goal that it would be beneficial to the Indians and save them. Being such a controversial issue during the time, the act affected both Native and White Americans in ways that to a certain degree are still being dealt with today. Between money, land grants and Tribal Recognition, the United States government is still trying to give reparations to Native Americans for wrong doings imposed on their ancestors. Prior to and well after 1830, efforts were already under way to push Native Americans off their lands and into the western territories. Although it was more of a voluntary move to avoid any major conflicted with the encroaching whites, around the years of 1805-1807 some members of Choctaw, Cherokee and Chickasaw tribes had already begun to make their way out. By 1807 these tribes were settling into lands in eastern Texas, Arkansas and the Indian Territories, in hopes they could hunt, grow their crops and live in some peace (Kidwell). The United States government was not, in very many ways, friendly to the Indian peoples they were so desperately trying to relocate. Aside from a few Missionary Associations, that had been set up by Congress around 1819 in attempts to civilize the Indians, the government handled their relationship and affairs with the Native…

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