What Happened to Native Americans?. Pre-Columbian. Population estimates: 70-90 million Most tribes lived communally Some lived in loosely organized families or bands; some lived in structured forms of governments Individuals did not own the land Land could not be “owned”
Penn's Treaty with the Indians by Edward Hicks c. 1840
What do you notice about this portrayal?
Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes hands the first constitution issued under the Indian Reorganization Act to delegates of the Confederated Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation (Montana), 1935. (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION)