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Dawes Commission 1896 Index: This is an index to over 14,000 records of individuals in the Five Civilized Tribes that applied for citizenship under the Act of 1896. The Five Civilized Tribes include the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and the Seminole. Each record includes the individual's name tribe, and case number. This compilation, in effect an Indian census, was also used as the basis for the allotment of tribal lands to individual Indians.

Dawes Commission Index 1898-1914: Commonly called the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, the Dawes Commission was appointed by President Grover Cleveland in 1893. In return for abolishing their tribal governments and recognizing state and federal laws, tribe members of the Five Civilized Tribes - the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole - were given a share of common property. This database indexes the original applications for tribal enrollments under the act of June 28, 1898. It also indexes documents such as birth and death affidavits, marriage licenses, and decisions and orders of the Commission.

Indian Affairs, Laws and Treaties (Vol. 2): As the United States expanded westward from the original thirteen colonies, settlers often confronted the existing owners of the land. As a result the federal government often negotiated treaties with these Native Americans. This collection of official treaties was compiled by the United States and originally printed in 1904. It contains the full text of nearly a hundred treaties between the government and such tribes as the Delaware, Seneca, Yakima, and Sioux. Ranging from the late 1700's through the end of the 19th Century, each treaty includes the names of those present, both U.S. representatives and Native American tribal chiefs. Apart from the historical importance of these documents, for those seeking ancestors who were involved in treaty negotiations, this can be an illuminating database.

Navajo Springs, Colorado Ute Census, 1904-1908: Established in 1892, the Fort Lewis Indian School, located just 14 miles south and west of Durango, Colorado, operated for 18 years before being closed by the Federal Government in 1910. This database is a collection of records prepared by the school superintendents between 1904 and 1908. Each record reveals the individual's Native American and English name along with information regarding sex, age and relationship to the head of household. With nearly 3400 entries, this can be a great aid to researchers of Native American ancestors.

Walker River Valley, Nevada, Paiute Indian Records, 1897-1901 Posted on 3/16/99: South of scenic Lake Tahoe, in Nevada, the Walker River Valley Indian Reservation was home to nearly two thousand Native Americans around the turn of the century. This database is a collection of reservation census records between 1897 and 1901. Each entry reveals such information as name, sex, age, relationship to head of household, and year of census. Researchers will find valuable information regarding over 2500 residents. Taken from microfilmed records in the Nevada State Archives, this collection can be a helpful source of information for those seeking Native American ancestors who lived in western Nevada.

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