1880s American Indian Museum
Forced onto reservations, Indians gave up a traditional way of life
Author William Least Heat-Moon writes in our 101 Objects Special Issue:
This ration ticket, this seeming inconsequential token of conquest and devastation, is the graphic expression of an 1883 act of Congress that furthered the appropriation of Indian lands west of the Missouri by moving tribal peoples onto assigned reservations, where, proclaims the act, “they may live after the manner of white men.” The reality was something else.
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