Sources for History 469/569: Native Nations and the U.S.

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Background information

Treaties and Laws

  • Kappler's Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, edited by Charles J. Kappler, 1904
    Digital version created by the University of Oklahoma. This compilation includes treaties, statutes, executive orders and proclamations, and court decisions. First published in 1903-1904, it has been updated to 1971.
  • U.S. Statutes at Large in Hein Online database (UO only) - scroll down "Browse databases by name" menu to U.S. Statutes at Large

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Congressional Documents

Executive Documents

  • Presidential Papers
  • The Serial Set includes reports from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and the Secretary of War
    In print, with print index, in Documents Reference Z1223.Z9 C65 1975, or in ProQuest Congressional See Search Tips
  • Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs - also available as separate volumes that can be checked out - Knight E93 .U71
    Library has 1852, 1857-1858, 1865-1891, 1895-1896, 1900, 1921-26, 1929-32, 1947
    • Some reports of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs contain a separate section of "[Presidential] Executive Orders Relating to Indian Reserves"

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Other Resources

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Tips for Searching Hein Online

  • Choose "U.S. Congressional Documents" or "U.S. Statutes at Large" from the left column
  • Use "Advanced Search" to limit by date

Tips for Searching Hearings in ProQuest Congressional

  • You can search hearings for testimony by tribal members by selecting "Witness Affiliation" from the pull-down menu, and typing the name of the tribe as a search term
    • You may need to enter alternate spellings for some tribal names, especially when searching early years, e.g.: yakima OR yakama
  • Limit by a range of years or by Congress to narrow results

Tips for Searching the Serial Set

  • Uncheck all boxes except "Serial Set" or "Serial Set Maps"
  • Limit the date ranges
  • Useful search terms:
    • Indian treaties
    • report of commissioner of Indian affairs
    • Indian and a place name
    • Names of tribes (combine alternate names or spellings with OR)
    • Indian affairs
    • Avoid "Native American"; not useful in this database (not used historically)

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