Post Removal, American Indians Rebuilt Their Cultures, With Some Groups

After post removal, American Indians faced challenges in rebuilding their cultures. However, some tribes in Indian Territory were able to achieve success by incorporating traditional cultural practices with western practices, such as adopting constitutional systems. The Jeffersonian goal of assimilating Native Americans and whites also impacted tribal nations, with many facing internal barriers to growth and lacking sovereign power. Intense contact with Europeans also led to changes in traditional trade practices among tribes. The editorial of 1895 exemplifies the belief that full-blooded individuals would not be able to monopolize land, leading to the idea that tribes must lose their cultural and political identities according to the government's wishes. Moreover, the allocation of land through male lineage went against traditional matrilineal and communal land ownership among many American Indian tribes.

After the post-removal era, some American Indian groups in Indian Territory achieved prosperity by blending traditional cultural practices with Western practices, such as constitutional governments and common school systems. In this process, an elite class emerged, which "owned" the power structures and resources within the community. This blending of traditions and systems allowed for the establishment of a new societal structure, with a distinct elite class having ownership and control over significant resources and governance.

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