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This letter by William Clark, the Superintendent of Indian Affairs, was written to the Secretary of War, Lewis Cass. In it, Clark expresses his concern about the Sac and Fox warrior Black Hawk and his followers, who have refused to move from their lands in Illinois to their new homes in Indian Territory (what is present-day Kansas). Clark fears that these natives will attack nearby white settlements. The tribe had ceded their land east of the Mississippi to the U. S. government in 1804 and 1816. This letter refers to the native resistance toward removal that would later be known as Black Hawk's War.
Creator: Clark, William, 1770-1838
Date: May 1, 1832
This informative letter could be grouped with other documents concerning the Black Hawk War and Indian resistance to removal; in particular it would fit with two other letters from the William Clark Papers, dated May 20, 1829 and April 24, 1832, and Black Hawk's portrait, all of which have been selected for this standard.
KS:7th:1.4:Indian Removal (2005)
Item Number: 209997
Call Number: William Clark Papers Coll. #741, Records of the Superintendent of Indian Affairs Vol. 4
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 209997
Collections - Manuscript - Clark, William
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Prehistory to 1854 (Benchmark 1) - Indian Removal Act (Indicator 4) - Indian resistance to removal
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Prehistory to 1854 (Benchmark 1) - Indian Removal Act (Indicator 4) - Sac and Fox
Date - 1800-1854
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Federal agencies and programs - Agencies - Indian affairs
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Federal agencies and programs - Policies and programs - Land - Indian Removal Act
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - American Indians - Indian removal
People - American Indians - Tribes - Sac and Fox
People - Notable People - Black Hawk
People - Notable People - Clark, William
Places - Other States - Illinois
Thematic Time Period - Indian Territory, 1820-1854
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters