1874 - Presidet Grant violates establishment clause

      President Grant, in an unprescedented violation of the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution (separating church and state), turns over control of Indian agencies in the federal government to Christian missionaries in the Methodist and Congregationalist denominations. 

       Congress also appropriated money to start Indian schools (at the request of the missionaries) to teach Indian children industrial skills and the ways of Christianity in an effort to enforce cultural assimilation on native people.