What Prompted Andrew Jackson to Push Through the Indian Removal Act?

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced countless Indians from their homes to reservations and government lands on the western side of the Mississippi River. It was this legislation that led to the tragic Trail of Tears. That’s not how it played out, though; because Andrew Jackson was determined to remove the Indians from their…

Manifest Destiny: Westward Expansion in 19th Century America

The title “Manifest Destiny” is a term created by newspaper editor to John O’Sullivan to describe a modus operandi of at least one significant segment of the U.S. Government and the American people during the 19th century. It describes the belief that the United States and its people had the God-given mandate to pursue westward…

Indian Reservations: A Look Back at the Relocation of Native Americans

There are about 310 individual reservations in the United States today, most of which are owned by Native Americans. These Indian reservations were established through different periods of colonial westward expansion, often starting off as large blocks and fragmenting or being forcibly moved from one location to another. A look at the history of the…

History of the Indian Reorganization Act

There was a serious attempt, in the 1930s, to make amends for the way the United States Government had historically treated the Native Americans. In the wake of the changes brought on by President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, many of the same socioeconomic changes were attempted on Indian reservations. This was, in many respects, a…

Understanding the American Indian Movement: Past, Present & What’s Ahead

Back in 1968, the American Indian Movement, or AIM, was established by leaders of various Indian tribes as a way to campaign for their rights. It has often been seen as a parallel to the African American civil rights movements, but it has different goals entirely. While rights are important to the organization, they are…