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Calvin Coolidge addresses 10,000 Sioux

New York Evening Journal
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Calvin Coolidge addresses 10,000 members of the Sioux Tribe, in South Dakota in September of 1927. He had been formally inducted as a member of the Sioux Tribe earlier that year. His Indian Citizen Act of 1924 granted automatic U.S. citizenship to all American tribes, and he personally felt a kinship and responsibility for the well-being of Native Americans. However, or perhaps as a result of this, the official policy of forced assimilation (including forced attendance at all-English boarding schools for NativeAmerican children) continued unabated throughout his administration. New York Evening Journal press photograph.

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