07 Dec 1956
The federal government adopts a policy of termination toward Native Americans and passes the Indian Relocation Act, which ends the protected trust status of all Indian-owned lands. Native Americans are encouraged to leave reservations and move to urban areas, where it is hoped they will disappear by assimilating thoroughly into White culture. The Bureau of Indian Affairs begins a voluntary relocation program, pledging to help Native Americans who move to cities locate housing and employment. Most of these promises go unfulfilled.