Dr. Bender assigned the following topic to me:
The Dawes Act
What is the Dawes Act?
What is my historical question/problem? (we could work on two, potentially - see Parts 3 and 4.)
How to identify search terms for databases now? Dawes Act is actually "Dawes Act of 1887" AND five tribes is "five civilized tribes."
Search for articles combining these 2 subject phrases ("Dawes Act of 1887" AND "five civilized tribes").
Question 1: "How did the Dawes Act directly affect the Native American tribes that were actively engaged with the confederacy during the American Civil War?"
(If you don't like question 1, look at Part 4.)
OR, Question 2: "What effect did the Dawes Act have on tribal sovereignty during the post-Civil War era?"