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Title Council held with the Winnebagoes... at Prairie du Chien [manuscript]: 1840 May 12
Author United States War Dept
Document Type Official Record; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Proceedings of a council held at Prairie du Chien, Wisc., May 1-2, 1840, between Gen. Henry Atkinson and Winnebago chiefs, regarding the removal of the tribe and their agent, David Lowry, from western Wisconsin to lands on the Turkey River in Iowa. Contains remarks of Gen. Henry Atkinson and responses of the Indians, chiefly Gule and Dandy. There are also comments by Whirling Thunder, Little Priest, and Win-a-chick. The full speech of Wisconsin territorial governor Henry Dodge to the assembled chiefs is appended.
Names Atkinson, Henry (1782-1842); Dodge, Henry (1782-1867); Lowry, David; Gule, Winnebago chief; Dandy, Winnebago chief
Places Turkey River Region, Iowa, Wisconsin, United States
Keywords Indian removal, Indian Agent, government, government, government relations, chief, council
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information In compliance with the Treaty of 1837, all Winnebago Indians residing in Wisconsin were to remove across the Mississippi. In February of 1840, Gen. Henry Atkinson was ordered by the War Dept. to take charge of the operation. Finding that the Winnebago were afraid to live near the Sauks in Iowa, Atkinson held a council May 1-2 in Prairie du Chien with the recalcitrant chiefs in which he promised military protection for the tribe at the Turkey River site. Atkinson also warned that there would be no annuities or provisions until the bands assembled at Prairie du Chien for the move and that force would be used if necessary. Despite the continued objections of the Portage bands, the move was accomplished peacefully by June 3.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 437
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue