Conflict and Negotiation with European Settlers:
Taking Indian Land
Between 1825 and 1892 in Nebraska, there were a series of 18 different
treaties between Native American tribes and the U.S. government
in which Indians gave up their land. Nationally, there were hundreds
of treaties. These treaties were important because each made it
legally possible for the United States to make land available to
settlers. The treaties of the early 1800s (and later) make the settlements
of the 1870s possible.
The map below is linked to the actual text of the treaties, or a summary of the U.S. Congressional act, that ceded (gave up) land to the United States. These treaties and agreements make fascinating reading. The terms under which tribes gave up their land are remarkable, even for a time when a dollar bought a lot. Well-known political figures in Nebraska were among the negotiators who signed the documents.
Select a tribe and year to read the text of each treaty or a law summary that ceded land to the U.S.
Select a tribe and year to read the text of each treaty or law summary that ceded land to the U.S. or select the magnifying glass for an extreme close-up of the original map.