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Settling the Great Plains

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  1. There were 31 Plains tribes, what tribe was he from? Was he forced to move from his land when others began to move into his territory?

  2. Where was his tribe originally located and to where did it relocate? Did the tribe resist the government's orders to go? How did they resist? Were there any battles with injuries or deaths?

  3. As more people moved into the Plains, how did his life change? Was it more difficult to hunt or find food? Were some of the tribe's traditions hard to maintain?

  4. How did the tribe adapt to new conditions? Did some adopt aspects of the Caucasian culture? Was the tribe able to stay together or did it disintegrate? Why?

  5. Did any diseases plague his tribe during this time? Was smallpox a threat?

  6. When the railroad was built, did he expect it to have the impact that it did? The railroad brought immigrant workers, the purchase of more land, and the slaughter of buffaloes. How did this worsen an already bad situation in which he was involved?

  7. When the Civil War ended there were 12 million buffaloes on the Great Plains, but by the 1900's there were only 50 left. To him, in what ways did this symbolize the devastation of the Plains?

  8. Did he believe there was a peaceful way for natives and non-natives to live together in North America? Why or why not? Was there a way to preserve more of the Native American heritage?

  9. What were the feelings of the people in his tribe? Were people thankful to be alive, hateful of Caucasians, sorrowful for the loss of land? How did they express their feelings?

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