With the constant influx of settlers entering the West, the feud between Native Americans and the settlers increased. The government believed the only way to stop hostility between the two groups was to contain the Native Americans on reservations. By creating reservations, the Native Americans had to live in a restricted area when they once were able to go where they pleased on the plains. Assimilation became a turning point for the Native Americans. Once on the restricted land base, the Native Americans had to leave every ounce of culture, religion, and language they knew and gain the mainstream way of life.
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