Taking the Nebraska Half Breed Tract

  • David Ress


Speculator interest in Nebraska was not as intense as in Minnesota in the 1850s, but the pressure to dispossess treaty rights holders on the Nebraska Half Breed Tract (as well as the Native peoples of the Great Plains west of the Tract) again led Congress and the Office of Indian Affairs to the idea of scrip. Tested in Minnesota, confirmed in Nebraska, scrip would become the means by which other inconvenient peoples—the Pawnee and Ponca of the Platte, Republican and Niobara river valleys, the Choctaw stay-behinds in Mississippi, the Ojibwe of the white pine and mineral belt districts around Lake Superior would be dispossessed.


Nebraska Half Breed Tract Scrip Allotment certificates Landholding Dispossession 


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  • David Ress
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  1. 1.Newport NewsUSA

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