Agreement with The Yakima Nation of Indians


[United States, Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs]

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[United States, Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs]. Agreement with The Yakima Nation of Indians Letter from the Secretary of the Interior Transmitting a copy of an agreement with the Yakima Nation of Indians, and a draft of a bill to ratify the same: March 21, 1894, referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs and ordered to be printed. [Submitted to the Senate of the United States during the 53D Congress, 2D Session]. Washington, D.C.: Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs | The Senate of the United States, March 21, 1894. First edition. pp. 41. Slim 8vo., measuring 23 cm. Card covers. Coloured hand-drawn map by surveyor William H. Carlton affixed to the rear pastedown entitled: “Portion of the Map of the Indian Nations and Tribes of the Territory of Washington and of the Territory of Nebraska West of the Mouth of the Yellowstone.” The map measures 29 x 32 cm and bears a legend with the approximate names of the tribes within the geographic area as well their respective populations. A fascinating historical document containing all the deliberations by the appointed agents of the government of the United States (John Lane & Lewis T. Erwin) with the various tribes and their “chiefs, masters and principal men” to put forward proposals for the purchase of their lands along with securing fishing and hunting rights. Amongst the deliberations are discussions recounting disagreement between the agents and Indigenous chiefs over the proposed price per acre and the concern expressed by the chiefs and elders of the fragmentation of their peoples. In other exchanges the Elders also express their disdain of alcohol on their land with many disavowing its use at the urging of Christian missionaries. The agreement ends with the names of all the “chiefs, masters and principal men” of the various tribes written in phonetics and their signatures as denoted by “x”. No detectable flaws, contents bright, clean and unmarked with tight, sound binding; fine. Rare. OCLC #: 39146970. Exceedingly scarce with only two institutions believed to house this title. At time of cataloguing this title does not appear amongst the holdings at LAC/BAC, Peel, University of British Columbia Special Collections, University of Washington Special Collections. Card Covers. (#959) $200.00