Indians and the Land Runs

Standing Bear’s story (See the Important People page) brought focus to the American Indians in Oklahoma, including the interest of Senator Henry Dawes in Massachusetts. Dawes, wanting to help, created a bill to divide allotted lands for individual Indians and sell the rest of the land for a profit. This bill, called the Dawes Act, provided an opportunity for the white settlers to purchase the excess land. American Indians did not feel the same way about the land runs as did the people making the runs. Those people were happy and excited at the prospect of new land, and American Indians became afraid they might lose even more land. This is because they had already lost their homelands and the land they were forced to accept by the government.

18657, Carl Sandler Collection The Race "on the Run No. 4" Sept. 16, 1893.
Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division.

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