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Native American Culture Put To the Test When the white Americans began migrating to the Great Plains in the 19th century the lives of Native Americans dramatically changed forever The new emigrants who came to the land of the Indians brought with them many diseases and bacteria that the Natives were not immune to An Indian chief remembers the white people came they brought with them some good but they brought the small pox and they brought evil liquors the Indians since diminish and they are no longer happy p5 Diseases such as smallpox cholera measles and scarlet fever wiped out an enormous amount of Indians The white man brought another type of disease with him the disease of war White Americans and Native Americans fought many battles over the ownership of the Indians land In 1851 the Americans and the Indians made the Treaty of Fort Laramie that said Indians accepted American proposals that they recognize tribal boundaries However a few years later more fighting broke out A misunderstanding about the loss of an emigrants cow in 1854 resulted in the killing of Lt John Grattan and his command by Brule Sioux Retaliation on an Indian village at Ash Hollow by General William S Harney set the stage for more than twenty years of open warfare between the US Army and the Native Americans p9 Following the American Civil War which lasted from 1861 to 1865 Americans developed into an industrializing nation hoping for westward expansion to help reunite the nation While the white man expanded westward they proclaimed their right as Americans to occupy all land westward to the Pacific putting the Indians living on the plains under siege The United States government and Army embarked on a series of campaigns to restrict the nomadic tribes of the plains to reservations The American armies engaged in total war with the Indians in hopes of confining them to reservations where
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