Beginning in 1859, the
federal government realized that the Native Americans were giving up their
land to Euro-Americans without adequate compensation or alternative
living areas. Two reservations, one at Pyramid Lake and the other
at Walker Lake were established by the government with hopes that the Indians
could become farmers and supply Euro-Americans with much needed produce.
The reservation land, however, was poorly suited for widespread agriculture,
and most of the lands failed to produce adequate crop yields. As
time passed the government attempted several different means of helping
Native Americans to become independent. These changing policies actually
resulted in a confusing array of bureaucracies, regulations, and economies.
The government's intentions were generally good, that is aimed at the well-being
of the Native Americans. Most of the policies actually led to problems
between the government and the tribes, and to problems within the tribes
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