A Nation of Statesmen: The Political Culture of the by James W. Oberly

By James W. Oberly

A heritage of the Mohican humans from the conflict of 1812 to the Nixon administrationContrary to the impact left by means of James Fenimore Cooper’s recognized novel final of the Mohicans, the Mohican humans, sometimes called the Stockbridge-Munsee Indians, didn't disappear from historical past. quite, regardless of stumbling blocks, they've got retained their tribal id to at the present time. during this first historical past of the modern day Mohicans, James W. Oberly narrates their tale from the time in their relocation to Wisconsin in the course of the post–World warfare II era.Since the battle of 1812 Mohican heritage has been marked through astute if occasionally sour engagement with the yankee political method, leading to 5 treaties and ten acts of Congress, handed among 1843 and 1972. As Oberly lines those political occasions, he additionally assesses such matters as tribal club, intratribal political events, and sovereignty.

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But the civilized Indian tribes could also be used as missionary societies in their own right among the western tribes. This plan existed in embryonic form in the White River emigration scheme, but it came full flower in the trans-Lake Michigan plan of the 1820s. The Stockbridge missionary Sergeant took up the plan and used his connections in the network of New England missionaries to lobby the federal government for the plan. In 1820 the War Department appointed Reverend Morse-the New Stockbridge chronicler of 1796-to make a 3,000-mile journey from New Haven to Green Bay and back to report on conditions in Indian Country.

Taylor has Aupaumut look into the future in 1791 and determine that the New Stockbridge location could not be maintained for the Mohicans. "l6 A picture of the New York polity begins to emerge. The Stockbridges lived in a rural township with a population density of eight to twelve people per square mile. Perhaps fifty families lived in single-family frame houses. The clan system of Mohican organization had been discarded in the 1730s at Stockbridge, and instead political leadership was expressed through township officeholding and external diplomacy with the Oneidas, Brothertowners, trans-Ohio tribes, and United States.

The state was intent on clearing Indian title to lands for reasons of securing the border with British North America, and also to obtain transportation corridors for contemplated roads and canals. Private land companies wanted to remove the Indians around Oneida so that whites could take up the lands. lg The first intended destination for the tribe was the IndianaTerritory, to join Delaware, Munsee, and Miami Bands of Indians near present-day Muncie, Indiana, in the upper White River Valley. Before 1783, when the trans-Ohio country was under British sovereignty, the Miami Nation extended a welcome to the various NewYork tribes, including the Delawares, Mohicans, and Munsees, to join them in the White River country.

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