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Native American tribes are virtually extinct after the year nineteen hundred according to most American history books because, with the establishment of reservations and following Indian Appropriations Act of 1892, remaining native peoples not decimated by war and disease were essentially removed from mainstream society, stripped of ancient homelands, and politically defused, making way for totalitarian U.S. Capitalism and creating, essentially, an American Apartheid.

The Indian Appropriations act of 1892 helped free up Native American homelands to logging, mining, and, perhaps, most significant to Pacific Northwest development, railroad companies. With the establishment of mass transit spanning from the East to West coast, the influx of immigrants and their commercial interests, previously restricted by treacherous seas or wagon trails, was opened like a floodgate that has not since ceased.

By the Indian allotment method, the Federal government effectively forced agricultural methods upon individual tribal members, which necessarily defeated nomadic subsistence traditions of hunting and gathering, thereby, eliminating potential conflicts with Native American Tribes who might otherwise object to industrialization and settlement of traditionally inhabited lands. Though parcels of land were distributed to individuals, the amount of land set aside for such distribution was minimal in comparison to the amount of reservation land opened to indiscriminate claim and settlement by unscrupulous immigrants.

Despite the numerous and continued efforts of various Native American tribes, the Federal government has shown little interest in correcting the racist legislation like the Indians Appropriations act of 1892 that both spurred economic growth in the Pacific Northwest and marked the decline of Native American sovereignty and cultural traditions.

Works Cited

Department of the Interior. Administrative Reports of the Department of the Interior Vol. II. : Washington Government Printing Office, 1908. 15 May 2011.



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