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One of the least noble occurrences from 1865 to the 1900 was the subduing of the Native Indian The subduing of the original inhabitant of the American West did uplift the quality of life but did not advance the quality of the culture in the united States during this period The settlement of the Plains and the Great Basin was a positive turning point in American economy The filling of the continent brought economic prosperity and opportunities for many The West was a chance for Americans who could not previously purchase land to do so The land was cheap and plenty The Timber Culture Act of 1873 granted 160 acres of land to whoever would plant trees on a portion of it In addition the growth in population if the East increased the demands for agricultural products Overall the expansion into the West and the government policy of encouragement and financing of the expansion lead to an economic success Yet the opportunities for many American settlers also would cost a high price on the native people The quality of life for the settlers had improved but was at the expense of the Indians of the region Settlers poured in by millions looking for a better life brought with them great catastrophic changes to these tribes The native people were free nomadic people who were largely dependant on the buffalo As the settlers came in the buffalo was killed for food and sport Between 1872 and 1874 close to nine million buffalos were killed and without the buffalo many tribes could no longer roam be self sufficient and were confined to reservations Along with the disappearing of the buffalo population Indians were soon taken off their land into reservations by the united States government In addition cruelty in the treatment of the Indians was not unusual In November 1864 a band of friendly Indians were attacked without provocation by a militia commanded by colonel Chivington Overall
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