Personal Narrative: The Choctaw Reservation

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If I were a plain’s Indian living in the 1900s my reservation would be the Choctaw reservation. I would explain to my grandkids that us as plains Indians we were great wanderers, travelers but we did not like farming. We were greatly known for being great warriors and fighters by using the tactic of gorilla warfare as a sneak attack. One of the many threats that happened to our culture, was the loss of our buffalo. We greatly depended on the buffalo for our food and clothes. Another threat was superior weapons we did not have enough. We also battled diseases. We did not have immunity to diseases and Alcoholism also came to play an important role in destroying our culture. In the year of 1864 The Sand Creek Massacre took place outside of…show more content…
One of the many that opened up, was called The Carlisle Indian School. It was created as well to break our culture. Richard Henry Pratt was the founder. Children were forced to leave their families, cut their hair, change their names to English as well as speak the English language. It opened in 1880 and closed in 1920. In between that time the Dawes Indian Act happened in 1887. Politicians and religious leaders complained about the mistreatment of Indians. Federal legislation divided our Native American lands and among each of the Indian families granted each head of the family 160 acres. It forced us to become farmers working individual plots of land. The Dawes Indian Act was sponsored by Henry L. Dawes of Massachusetts. Another attempt to “Americanize“ us, but it only helped at destroying our culture. We had a Ghost Dance movement that started in 1888. The dance spread rapidly throughout because for us, it was meant for a deliverer to come to rescue us and restore our lands. In South Dakota the dance movement alarmed the white authorities, American soldiers. They banned the ghost dance from the Lakota reservations and the Indians did not listen. In December of 1890 nearly two hundred Indians, twenty five soldiers died. Consisting of men, women and children. It was called the Battle of Wounded

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