Faces of America

The federal government and "the Indian problem"

Clip: Season 1 | 2m 57s

Louise Erdrich's grandfather led a fight against the American government’s policy of Indian termination from the 1940s to the 1960s. The policy granted Native Americans the rights and privileges of citizenship, but ended the recognition of tribal sovereignty, tax exemption and trusteeship of Indian reservations.

Aired: 01/20/10

Rating: NR

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