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This is a copy of a letter that Isaac McCoy sent on behalf of the Delaware Indians. McCoy was a missionary in Indian Territory (present-day Kansas), and Crawford was Commissioner of Indian Affairs. In the letter, the Delaware asked for government patents that would prove their ownership of their new lands in Indian Territory. Apparently, some of their lands had also been claimed by Kansa Indians. The Delaware refer in this letter to a treaty signed on September 24, 1829, and express their desire to be permanently settled in this new territory. However, the Delaware did not enjoy a permanent home in Kansas--treaties in 1854 and 1860 diminished Delaware lands and, in 1867, the Delaware were moved to present-day Oklahoma.

Creator: Delaware Indians
Date: January 6, 1840

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This brief letter provides an excellent example of how the government did not follow through on its treaty obligations. Also, it illustrates how removal to Kansas did not always ensure a permanent relocation. This would be particularly useful for discussions regarding the native perspective on removal.

KS:7th:1.4:Indian Removal (2005)

Item Number: 208230
Call Number: Isaac McCoy Papers Coll. 422 Box 12 Folder 4
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 208230

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