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National view: Native Americans still aren’t equal citizens

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Ninety years ago, the U.S. Congress granted Native Americans the ironic right to become citizens of their own land.

On June 2, 1924, Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act, in part to recognize the Native Americans who had fought in World War I. It took a few decades more before every state obeyed this law.

But the Indian Citizenship Act was designed not so much to grant equal rights to Native Americans as it was to further assimilate the Indian into American society.

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