It is what the United State's government did to the indigenous tribes in order to cast out the inner "native" from them. Involved sending the children to the state-run boarding schools in order to destroy their "savage" culture. In many cases, assimilation was the solution for the government to obtain land, stripping the indigenous of precious resources.
The United States forced assimilation upon Native Americans in means of "killing the indian, but saving the man."
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