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Indian Reservation A tract of land reserved by the Government for Indians.  the Government adopted this policy in 1786, when it became necessary to settle boundary disputes between Indians and colonists.  Some tribes were given ownership of the land by treaties and could dispose of it as they saw fit.

Today there are over 300 separate and distinct areas of land in the United States which are occupied by Indian groups and held in Federal trusteeship for the use and benefit of the Indians.  The largest reservation is that of the navajo in Arizona, Utah, and new mexico, with 25,000 square miles, while in California there are some reservations of only a square mile or two.  The Pueblo Indians live on reservations given under nineteen Spanish grants.

There are some small state reservations in Maine, New York, Virginia, and South Carolina.
 

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[ Bureau Of Indian Affairs ][ Indian Reorganization Act ]
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