Friday, September 5, 2014

Illuminating the Treaties That Have Governed U.S. - Indian Relationships

In 1794, President Washington commissioned a wampum belt for the Canadaigua Treaty. Image Courtesy of Cliff Owen/AP Images and Smithsonian.com.
In 1794, President Washington commissioned a wampum belt for the Canadaigua Treaty.
Image Courtesy of Cliff Owen/AP Images and Smithsonian.com.
September 2014.
Smithsonian has written a brief new article summarizing some of the treaties between Native Nations and the United States.

"The so-called Calico Treaty, one of the earliest the U.S. entered into, is still in force: Every July, the Bureau of Indian Affairs dispatches what amounts to a square yard of cloth per tribal citizen to the tribes (except the Mohawks, because the U.S. has come to believe that no Mohawk leaders were present at the treaty’s signing)."

To read the full article, click here.

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