By James W. Oberly
A heritage of the Mohican humans from the warfare of 1812 to the Nixon administrationContrary to the influence left by way of James Fenimore Cooper’s recognized novel final of the Mohicans, the Mohican humans, often referred to as the Stockbridge-Munsee Indians, didn't disappear from historical past. really, regardless of stumbling blocks, they've got retained their tribal id to at the present time. during this first historical past of the modern day Mohicans, James W. Oberly narrates their tale from the time in their relocation to Wisconsin throughout the post–World warfare II era.Since the warfare of 1812 Mohican historical past has been marked by means of astute if occasionally sour engagement with the yankee political process, leading to 5 treaties and ten acts of Congress, handed among 1843 and 1972. As Oberly strains those political occasions, he additionally assesses such matters as tribal club, intratribal political events, and sovereignty.
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And the physical geography of the proposed territory would be a guarantee. As one Stockbridge supporter, Rev. Calvin Colton, wrote grandiloquently: "The white man will never go there. He will never desire these lands. They are too far off. "^^ The territorial governor of Michigan, Lewis Cass, also signed on to the Morse plan in late 1820-but for reasons of law and order and national security rather than from a desire for Christianizing and civilizing. In November 1820 Cass wrote to Secretary of War John C.
The other side of the gendered understanding of civilized society was that women labored at home, especially in textile and food production. 28 Americans of the early Republic looked on most American Indians as "rude" or "wild," and therefore uncivilized. They might still be forced to remove to the West, ostensibly for fear that they would become addicted to white alcohol and other vices and thereby fall down the ladder of civilization. But the civilized Indian tribes could also be used as missionary societies in their own right among the western tribes.
The formal treaty language required the Menominees and Ho-Chunks to "Cede, Release, and Quitclaim" the lands "forever," to the New York Indians, reserving only the right to hunt and fish on the ceded territory. For this tract, the New York tribes paid $500 down and promised $1,500 the next year. 39 The 1821 land cession was highly unusual because it was from two Indian tribes to an Indian confederacy. Still, the NewYork tribes were not 34 A Nation of Statesmen done attempting to acquire a landed domain in the Menominee homeland.