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Title Petition [manuscript]: Stockbridge, Wis., to the Hon. the House of Representatives and Senate, Congress of the United States, 1844 Feb. 24
Author Yoccum, John
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: February 24, 1844, petition addressed to the U.S. Congress by John Yoccum, a Stockbridge Indian, requesting compensation for his appointment and services to the commissioners elected under the provisions of the March 3, 1843, relief act. Yoccum states that he was appointed messenger in the election of commissioners which had been supervised by John Scott Horner of the Green Bay Land Office, that he had worked for the commissioners and also the surveyor at the behest of the commissioners, and that the president of the commissioners, John N. Chicks, had informed him that he had forfeited his office by attending the surveyor.
Names Horner, John Scott (1802-1883); Chicks, John N.
Places Stockbridge, Wisconsin, United States
Keywords petition, commissioner, payment, money, survey
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information On March 3, 1843, at the request of the Citizen Party of the Stockbridge Nation, Congress passed "An act to provide relief of the Stockbridge Indians in the Territory of Wisconsin". The act granted citizenship to the Stockbridge Indians, and provided for the election of commissioners and the partition of tribal lands into individual holdings. Protested by the majority Indian Party headed by John W. Quinney, the law was repealed in 1846.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 1020
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue