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The complaints of Native Americans

The complaints of Native Americans, western farmers, and African Americans in the

later 19th century are the result of too little government action. When problems began to

arise in the West, only then did the American Government hastily find even more

disputable solutions. The government did not attempt to aid the Indians, farmers, or

African Americans before there situations became worse enough to definitely need

fixing. Also when the government made their decisions, they were only beneficial for

one side and not the other. All that the Indians, farmers, and African Americans wanted

were their own shares of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the natural rights

When President Andrew Jackson applied the Indian Removal Act, he believed

that the lands west of the Mississippi would permanently remain "Indian country.” But

this was proven false as wagon trains rolled westward on the Oregon Trail. Also plans

for a transcontinental railroad were in progress. Because the national government took

"little” into consideration of the future of the Indian Removal Act, more problems arose.

The federal government began to assign the plains tribes large tracts of land, or

reservations. However, most already-settled Indians did not even consider migrating

again. Hundreds of tiny wars sprung up, especially with the Sioux, due to the

government's neglect to view all consequences of its actions.

"...the troops were sent into our country, and the troops killed our people

and ill treated them, and thus war and trouble arose; but before the troops

were sent there we were quiet and peaceable, and there was no

disturbance...”Chief Red Cloud Speech

Jackson should have never sent the Indians west because he did not regard the future

whereabouts of the Native American peoples. In reaction to the interruption of peace,

Congress tried to break up tribal organizations am...

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