What Was the Purpose of the Dawes Act?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 12:27:44 AM ET
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The Dawes Act gave the president the power to divide American Indian tribal land into allotments for individual Native Americans. The Dawes Act was passed in 1887 and is also referred to as the Dawes Severalty Act of 1887 and the General Allotment Act.