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49th United States Congress

A People and a Nation Chapter 17 Study Guide

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?The Clapp Rider? In 1906 Moses E. Clapp of Minnesota attached a ?rider? to an Indian appropriations bill declaring that mixed-blood adults on the ?White Earth? reservation were ?competent? (meaning educated in white ways) enough to sell their land without having to observe the 25 year waiting period stipulated in the Dawes Act. This mainly concerned the land of the Ojibwas Indians who were often ?duped? into signing away their land for counterfeit money and worthless merchandise They lost ? their original holding and economic ruin overtook them White Migration to the Great Plain-Purpose Most whites were driven to the Great Plains by desire for material success They believed that it?s ?untapped sources of wealth? could bring about a better life
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