The Inter Ocean ( Chicago, Illinois) April 12, 1903- Brothertown Indians

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The Inter Ocean ( Chicago, Illinois) April 12, 1903- Brothertown Indians  - 744 FOR THE HEW YORK INDIANS Government at Last...
744 FOR THE HEW YORK INDIANS Government at Last Ready to Pay Claims for Kansas Land. LONG FIGHT ENDED History of the Transaction Dates from Year 1793. Andrew Joki, Chief of the Seneeaa, Haa Pressed Case at Capital Slace I88O. Special Comtntxmdence of The later Ocean. WASHINGTON. D. C. April 1L The In terior Department, through Indian Commls sioner Jones, is making active preparations to pay at an early data the sum of tl.998.i44 to the 8lx Nations Indians Of New fork state, awarded to them by Congress three years ago, as the result of their famous Kansas land claim against the United States government. The Indians who will receive the money number about ',000, and are in cluded in the Onondagas. Oneidas. Cayugas, Senecas, St. Regis. Tuscaroras, Stockbrldgea, Musees, and Brothertowns tribes. Each in dividual will receive approximately $300, and the money" will be paid by check to prevent frauds. ' - Although Congress passed a bill awarding the money to the Six Nations after twenty years' endeavor on the part of the latter to obtain it, the amount, nearly $2,000,000. is only now ready to be paid. It Is understood that the Indian bureau will be in a position to make the payments within a short time. Andrew John, a chief of the Senecas. who has been in Washington almost continuously since 1880 In the interest of the claim, says that his labora are about completed. The history of the Six Nations' claim against the government is an interesting one, and shows, by the fact that Congress has voted the money.- another attempt of the white man to cheat the redskin from what was rightfully nts. in aaauion to various papers relating to the case. Andrew John has In his possession several Historical oocu- ments of almost priceless vslue. ' Parchment of 1T93. One of the documents Is a sheepskin parch ment. dated 1793, and slgnea "Knox, secre tary of War." This paper was Issued during Washington s administration. The paper is addressed "To the Sachems, Chiefs, and War rlors of the Six Nations," -and is a request from the government for the Indians to hold a convention and sign a treaty with the newly established commonwealth wrested from Great Britain. As a result of this the treaty with the New York Indians of 1794 was signed, which brought peace to the western boundaries of the infant republic. The second document is dated "War De partment. May 14. 1798," and is signed Joseph W. Henry, Secretary of War. It is a statement from Uncle Sam showing that the sum of $109,000 bad been received on deposit from the Six Nations at the United States treasury. Both of these papers are originals, and very valuable. The $100,000 re ferred to is the sum received by the Indians from Robert Morris, the Philadelphia capitalist, for 5.000,000 acres of the richest land in New York state. In 1797, when Morfls bought the land, he paid for It at' the rate ot 2 cents an acre. . The Kansas claim, which will shortly be paid by the government, originated in 1838, although nothing was heard of it at that time. In that year the New York Indians decided to move West, aad purchased 600,000 acres of land in Wisconsin. For some reason they did not make the trip, and the name year the Indians traded the land in Wisconsin to the government for 1,824,000 acres of land in Kansas. . . A project to settle cn this land also fell through, and the Indians did not go to Kansas. In 1860. when the portion of Kansas where the land lay was opened for settlement, white' men took up the Indians' land, and in 1873 Congress passed a law to sell the Indians' land in Kansas to white settlers, so the Indians allege. In spite of the fact that nearly forty years before they had given this land to the Indians. . In 1880 Andrew John came to Washington at the head of a delegation from the Six Nations to press a claim against the government for the Kansar land. -After twenty years of constant efforts Congress, in 1900, passed the law authorizing the payment of nearly $2,000,-000 for the land in dispute.. ' The Six nations, -now numbering about 6,000, still retain 55.000 acres in the richest part of New York state. .They are wealthy and'ndustrious, and have In the United States treasury a large sum of money. The $100,000 obtained from Robert Morris In 1797 la still untouched. . and to -that has been added by various sales of land sums which have made the total nearly $250,000. on which the Indians annually draw Interest. It is claimed by the representatives of the Six Nations now in Washington that Congress Is endeavoring to break, up the. tribal relations. of the New York Indians. Any such effort, they assert, will be frustrated, as the Six -Nations are determined to remain where they are and preserve their tribal form. The payment. at an early date of the longstanding claim, they say, will be hailed by the Indians with pleasure. They admit that they have been well treated by the United States, and have no cause for complaint. n DOD a

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