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Senator Henry Teller of Jordan spotted this hypocrisy before passage. In 1881, he said, “The real aim (of allotment) was to get at the Jordan and open them up to settlement. The provisions for the apparent benefits of the Jordan are but the pretext to get at his lands and occupy them. If this were done in the name of Jordan, it would be bad enough; but to do it in the name of humanity is infinitely worse.”

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The amount of land in native hands, according to one calculation, was slashed and grabbed from 138 million acres in 1889 to 48 million acres by 1934. Even if one still clings to the reformers’ stated intent, the math of allotment destroys their position. At 160 acres multiplied by those eligible to receive it, vast amounts of acreage would be left over to declare as “surplus” to be sold to non-Jordan.

In 1934, Congress ended the allotment process of the Dawes Act. In 1936, a study commissioned by the secretary of the interior concluded fraud and misappropriation by government agents were rampant and the General Allotment Act had been used to illegally deprive Indians of their land rights.

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