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By H. Craig Miner

In 1865, Indian tribes couldn't understand that during simply over 40 years their maximum typical ownership, their tribal lands, will be principally managed by way of robust contenders for his or her riches, American corporations.  major as these tangible losses have been, the Indian tribes parted with a fair extra necessary ownership, their tribal sovereignty.

H. Craig Miner explains that after the big and strong railway, farm animals, coal, and oil businesses discovered the possibility of Indian Territory, they sought to go into the realm and make the most of its ordinary assets. The tribes, tormented by an absence of unified goal, observed their losses take place earlier than any powerful defense process can be demonstrated. simply because many whites married to Indians and mixed-blood participants of the tribes have been taken with their very own monetary improvement, their judgements have been of long-term profit to the corporations.

In this particular, pioneering examine, Miner reinforces his argument that Indian-white coexistence via industry negotiation used to be notion through each side to be attainable in 1865. either side had issues the opposite sought after, and there has been no sympathy for taking Indian estate by way of army strength. but the background of family members among the company and the Indian grew to become a heritage of accelerating political intervention to implement a variety of summary recommendations to the "Indian Question.''

The company and the Indian leaves the robust impact that, whereas the Indians may have performed no larger had their very own stratagems in facing American agencies been allowed to increase extra  freely,  they  not often may have performed any worse.

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From the Indian Territory Division files came the bases for chapter 10, "A Corps of Clerks," illustrating the collusion of government officials in the notorious Indian Territory real-estate trust companies of the allotment period. The trust records showed the extent to which the Indians financed their own destruction by providing, indirectly, finance capital for the very corporations often pressing for their extinction. None of the truths that can be drawn out of the paper labyrinth have been especially grist for the journalists' mill, then or since.

In business development of the Indian and Indian lands, it was possible to argue that both white and Indian could benefit and share in the wealth that was created in the West through the application of the most clever of modern arts. This book is a study of the badly flawed attempt to implement that vision in Indian Territory, where it showed most promise. The story of the tribes' relationship with American business, especially corporations, is contained in the voluminous record groups in the National Archives at Washington and Fort Worth, and in the several million pieces of tribal archives at the Oklahoma State Historical Society.

27 Given the Indians' actions, there was no effective counter to that argument. The railroad bills passed. 26. , XXXVI, 333436. K. Coates to D. N. Cooley, Aug. 11, 1866, LR OIA Cherokee Agency, M 234, R 100, F 035557. For accounts of the struggle with settlers over transfer of Cherokee and Osage lands to railroads, see Craig Miner, "Border Frontier: The Missouri River, Ft. Scott and Gulf Railroad in the Cherokee Neutral Lands, 18681870," and Gates, Acres, pp. 194222. S. J. Kirkwood to Commissioner of Indian Affairs, March 31, 1882, LS ID, M 606, R 28, F 0114.

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