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  1. Competency Commissions were established by the United States Government in the early 20th century to determine whether individual Indians were competent to utilize their lands allotted to them during the General Allotment Act of 1887

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  2. Individuals who were determined to be competent were issued fee patents on their land

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  3. The lands of Indian Allotees determined to be non-competent were leased by the Federal Government, often to non-tribal members

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  4. While fee patents gives power to the allottee to decide whether to keep or sell the land, provided the harsh economic reality of the time, lack of access to credit and markets, liquidation of Indian lands was almost inevitable

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  5. know by the department of interior that virtually 95% of fee patented land would eventually be sold to whites (Robertson, 2002)

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