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Native American reservation locations

Q: How or why did Native American Indians choose the locations of their reservations?

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A: They were not given a choice about it. Native American reservations were created by the US government, and then the tribes were moved there (some agreed to this by a treaty with the government, others went at gunpoint.)

In some cases, there were tribes that fled to another tribe's land, like the northern Arapaho who ran away from the army and settled with the Shoshone. And a few tribes like the Seminoles resisted and stayed put. But most Indian reservations were allotted by the government, and that's where the people moved, because they didn't have another option.

Hope that helps!
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 Native American reservation maps
 Northern Arapaho
 Shoshone Indians
 The Seminoles

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