This Collection presents a selection of documents important for American Indian policy and for interactions between Native societies and settler groups. It focuses on the United States.
I have selected specific documents that illustrate these interactions and their contexts, from treaties and laws to testimonies, reports, and supreme court decisions. This collection is incomplete, and I will add on to it over time, but it presents a place where people interested in such documents can find them in one place.
The collection is briefly annotated. For every - arbitrarily selected - time period, there is a brief narrative, and the links to the documents are on the right hand side. To start, please go to the time period of interest by chosing the link on the right hand side.
Of course, history often happens outside of documentation. Any document collection will not give a history - a true understanding of what happened and why. But it can be useful to reach historical and contemporary conclusions.
As I moved to Iowa State, I will no longer be able to update this collection. I hope it remains useful.
The documents have been collected from many places. Neither I nor the Native Media Center or the Department of American Indian Studies at UND claim any rights of discovery or occupation; this is simply a place that presents them as a collection. All these documents and reports are freely available in other places.