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Title Account of a conference in Washington relative to the removal west of Iroquois Indians [manuscript]: Utica, [N.Y.]: report, 1845 Sept. 24
Author Cusick, James N.
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Contemporary copy by James N. Cusick of his Sept. 24, 1845, report on his trip to Washington to confer with U.S. officials regarding the emigration of the New York Iroquois to lands assigned them in Indian Territory (now Kansas) near Fort Scott. In his essay, which was probably prepared for publication, Cusick reports that he met with President Polk (whom he describes), provides exaggerated details of the government offer, and explains why removal is a good thing.
Names Polk, James K. (1795-1849)
Places Buffalo Creek Reservation, New York, Washington, D.C., Indian Territory, Arkansas River, Kansas, United States
Keywords Indian removal, treaty, land tenure, government, land cession, government relations, President of the United States
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Tuscarora Baptist minister. Following an 1838 treaty (modified in 1842), in which the New York Iroquois agreed to sell much of their state property and accept land directly west of Missouri in Indian Territory, James N. Cusick and other tribal representatives visited Washington in 1845 to gain government support for their emigration to the west. The delegation was promised assistance if a group of 250 could be raised. In 1846 an emigrant party, superintended by Dr. Abraham Hogeboom and including about 40 Tuscarora Baptists led by Cusick, departed hastily without the requisite 250 recruits and the authorization of the Office of Indian Affairs. Although the government made efforts to provide subsistence, the group suffered severly. About one-third of the Tuscaroras died in Kansas, and the rest, including Cusick, eventually returned to New York.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 207
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue