if you know what the law said, then you should know it didn’t forbid land ownership to anyone. Again, ownership is different than merely claiming.I know what the law said. I also know how that law was used to forcibly remove unwilling people from productive homesteads onto trash land where they could not grow crops. There was no compensation. Those forcibly removed were not allowed to take anything with them. Read some historical accounts of the Trail of Tears.
I’m familiar with the trail of tears, seems like I also read about the Cherokee run after that. oklahoma being so unproductive that many white settlers fought hard (many cheated) to get their 160 acres.