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Question: Which of the following best describes the reasons why the Dawes Act was passed?

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  1.  The Dawes Act was passed to make American Indians property owners and to open up more land for white settlers.
  2.  The Dawes Act was passed to open up more land for American Indians and to provide protection from white settlers.
  3.  The Dawes Act was passed to take land away from American Indians and to move them to reservations.
  4.  The Dawes Act was passed to give American Indian families farmland and to end homesteading by white settlers.

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1. The Dawes Act was passed to make American Indians property owners and to open up more land for white settlers.

The Dawes Act was passed to make American Indians property owners and to open up more land for white settlers. It gave benefits to indigenous people who preferred to receive individual lands rather than remain on collective lands.


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The Dawes Act of 1887 regulated land rights in tribal areas within the United States. It authorizes the President of the United States to divide the world parts of the Native American nations into the territories of the heads of Native Americans and Native Americans.

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