Richard Cummins, an agent to the Shawnee Indians, wrote this letter to the Superintendent of Indian Affairs, William Clark. According to Cummins, the Delaware Indians who were relocating to Kansas had just passed his agency in Missouri. The leaders of the Delaware tribe had requested provisions from Cummins' agency, but Cummins had not issued any provisions because the treaty between the Delaware and the U. S. government had not been ratified. The Delaware were sorely lacking in provisions and argued that they had been promised these provisions as soon as they reached Indian Territory (present-day Kansas).
Creator: Cummins, Richard W.
Date: December 3, 1830
This source illuminates how the federal government often failed to provide for emigrant tribes. It also includes useful information on the removal process which brought emigrant tribes to Kansas. This source works with Cummins' follow-up letter dated April 2, 1831 (also in the William Clark Papers).
KS:7th:1.4:Indian Removal (2005)
Item Number: 210045
Call Number: William Clark Papers Coll. #741, Records of the Superintendency of Indian Affairs Vol. 6
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210045
Collections - Manuscript - Clark, William
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Prehistory to 1854 (Benchmark 1) - Indian Removal Act (Indicator 4) - Delaware
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Prehistory to 1854 (Benchmark 1) - Indian Removal Act (Indicator 4) - Loss of land and resources
Date - 1800-1854
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Federal agencies and programs - Agencies - Indian affairs
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - American Indians - Indian removal
People - American Indians - Tribes - Delaware
People - Notable People - Clark, William
Places - Other States - Missouri
Places - Regions - Northeast Kansas
Thematic Time Period - Indian Territory, 1820 - 1854
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters