Letters and reports concerning Quakers work with Native Americans in Nebraska
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Ulysses S. Grant announced a Peace Policy towards Native Americans in his Inaugural Address on March 4, 1869, and Congress created the Board of Indian Commissioners in April. Grant sought to implement his plan by involving religious denomination. Hicksite Quakers were assigned the Northern Superintendency which covered most of the present state of Nebraska. Quakers gradually withdrew from participation, and by 1885, Quaker assistance and oversight was limited to the Santee Sioux Agency.
This small collection contains letters and reports concerning Friends work with Native Americans in Nebraska during the era of Grant's Peace Policy.
Gift of Bliss Forbush, 1964
Transferred from Miscellaneous Manuscripts in 2019. Formerly filed as MSS 004, 1793-1885
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- Susanna Morikawa
- Finding Aid Date
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Collection is open for research.
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Signed by Nicholas Waln
Drafts of letters to Asher Wright, Nathan Strong, Jamees Stabler
Describing conditions in Winnebago Agency
Concerning his visit in 1869 to Indian Agencies in Nebraska as part of a Delegation of Friends from Baltimore.
With appreciation for check received.
Multiple paged letter defending his handling of finances as Indian Agent
Report of the Committee appointed to visit or communicate with Friends of Prairie Grove Monthly Meeting, Iowa.
Report on the progress at the School which served the Dakota Nation. Mentions that some Native Americans were participating as teachers. Riggs was a member of the American Misionary Association.
Handwritten report notes that Charles Hill had been approved to succeed Isaiah Lightner as Agent.