I. Both parties to treaties were sovereign powers;
II. Indian tribes had some form of transferable title to the land;
III. Acquisition of Indian lands was solely a government matter not to be left to individual colonists or states.
•Colonization/Colonial Period, 1492-1800s
•Treaty-Making and Removal Period, 1778-1871
•Reservation Period – Allotment and Assimilation, 1887-1934
•Tribal Reorganization Period, 1934-1953
•Termination and Relocation Period, 1953-1968