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Taking Indian Lands: The Cherokee (Jerome) Commission, 1889–1893 Hardcover – April 21, 2003

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“Hagan’s book allows us to travel with the commission and watch this disgraceful episode from a front-row seat. . . .A fascinating window into tribal politics.”—Frederick E. Hoxie

“The Cherokee Commission set the stage for U.S.-Indian relations up to this day. This is a truly frightening and infuriating account.”—David LaVere, author of Contrary Neighbors: Southern Plains and Removed Indians in Indian Territory

About the Author

William T. Hagan is retired Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. His numerous books on American Indian subjects include The Sac and Fox Indians; United States–Comanche Relations; Quanah Parker, Comanche Chief; and Theodore Roosevelt and Six Friends of the Indian, all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (April 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806135131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806135137
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,702,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charles M. Nobles VINE VOICE on December 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the definitve account, taken from over two thousand pages of documents from the National Archives, of the tragic action of the Cherokee Commission that ultimately removed fifteen million acres of land from nearly twenty tribes in Indian Territory and placed them in the public domain.
The intimidating, dishonest, subversive action of the Commission toward Cherokees, Pawnees, Poncas, Tonakawas, Wichitas, Cheyennes, Araphos, Sac and Fox and other tribes resulted in their accepting allotments in severalty and then selling the surplus to the U.S. Government. The surplus then went to white settlers and resulted in statehood for Oklahoma. The story of the bad faith strategy of the Commissioners and the heart breaking efforts of the tribal leaders to retain their land is familiar to those that study U.S.-Indian relations. It is an old story and not one designed to instill pride in this period of American history. Sadly, such efforts continue to date.
Highly recommended.
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