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The Making of the Incompetent Indian

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195182989
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199789030 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0003
 The Making of the Incompetent Indian

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This chapter focuses on the impact of legislative efforts to protect the landed estate of Indians. Members of Congress trying to protect the remaining landed estate of Indians followed a twisted path, replete with compromises and maneuverings that added great complexity and ambiguity to the administration of Indian affairs. This was especially true for the Five Civilized Tribes whose success in mirroring the ways of the Euro-Americans proved to be a legal liability in the post-allotment era.

Keywords: Dawes Act; American Indians; estates; Five Civilized Tribes; Jackson Barnett; lands; ownership

Chapter.  5916 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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