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This letter to President John Quincy Adams was written by seven Ottawa Indians, including two who had completed a surveying trip with missionary Isaac McCoy. These Ottawas, who had been offered lands west of the Mississippi, appeared to be pleased with the new lands in Indian Territory and wished to move there alongside McCoy and another missionary named Johnston Lykins. The letter was written from Fort Wayne, Indiana, but these Ottawas had originally resided in Michigan. The seven Indians who dictated this letter signed their mark to the bottom of the document.

Creator: Ottawa Indians
Date: February 17, 1829

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This source is particularly valuable because it demonstrates how native tribes communicated with the federal government and how this specific tribe responded to the idea of removal. It is also an example of how native groups referred to the President as the "Great Father."

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

Item Number: 210158
Call Number: Isaac McCoy Papers Coll. 422 Box 7 Folder 7
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210158

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