A Typical Indian Removal. The Story Told by the Indian Rights Association’s Agent. Indian Rights Association.

A Typical Indian Removal. The Story Told by the Indian Rights Association’s Agent.

Philadelphia: Indian Rights Association, 1887. Broadside, 358 x 118 mm.

An Indian Rights Association broadside calling attention to the plight of starving Chippewa people at Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota in 1887.

This broadside reprints a letter to the editor by J.B. Harrison of the Indian Rights Association originally published in the Boston Evening Transcript. Harrison, a churchman, had recently visited the Turtle Mountain Indians, located in the extreme north of Dakota Territory “on their forlorn and unsuitable reservation.” He explains that these Indians “have been crowded off nearly all their lands which were available for agriculture, and have now no adequate means or provision for their support.” While visiting Turtle Mountain, Harrison learned from leading men of the tribe that a group of their people died last winter due to starvation. Harrison hazards more will likely die this coming winter from the same cause. One Mr. Cramsie—an Indian Agent in charge of the Turtle Mountain reserve—has requested more aid for the destitute Indians but government officials have responded that all Turtle Mountain funds are currently exhausted. Harrison offers several striking images from his visit to the reservation and concludes by advising the public what supplies and goods to send and where to ship them. He closes with the plea: “These Indians should be compensated for the lands which have been taken from them, their rights should be recognized, and they should be induced to remove to White Earth, Minnesota, and furnished with lands and implements for farming. They would there be among their kindred.”

CONDITION: Good, old vertical fold.

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