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        Dawes Act (1887) and Resource Materials

        This resource group contains two facsimiles and a transcript of, and a background essay on the Dawes Act, approved on February 8, 1887, which represented a shift in federal Native American policy from ethnic cleansing to forced adherence to European constructions of citizenship and land-ownership.

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        Dawes Act (1887): Image 1

        This is a facsimile of the 1887 Dawes Act.

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        Dawes Act (1887): Image 2

        This is a facsimile of the 1887 Dawes Act.

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        Dawes Act (1887): Transcript

        This is a transcript of the 1887 Dawes Act.

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        Dawes Act (1887): Background Essay

        This essay provides background and context for for 1887 Dawes Act.

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