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Friday, July 1, 2022

The 1830 General Removal Act provided reservation land belonging in common to each tribe, followed by the Land Allotment Acts that then allowed the US Government to break up those reservation lands into smaller parcels assigned to individuals, which then allowed them to sell off “surplus” land to non-native people. Those surplus lands just happened to be the richest in natural resources, depriving the Indigenous people of their wealth.