Mission Indians

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Mission Indians

Mission Indians

Indian Evangelical Mission

Indian Inland Mission

The Indian Medical Mission in Turkey

The Indian Medical Mission in Hindsight

Christian Missions to American Indians

Missions and the Pentecostalization of Indian Christianity

Converting California: Indians and Franciscans in the Missions

Convention between Colombia and the Holy See relative to Missions to the Indians, signed at Bogota, 27 December 1902

Richard W. Cogley. John Eliot's Mission to the Indians before King Philip's War. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 1999. Pp. xii, 331. $45.00

Robert H. Jackson and Edward Castillo. Indians, Franciscans, and Spanish Colonization: The Impact of the Mission System on California Indians. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 1995. Pp. vii, 214. $32.50

Laboring in the Fields of the Lord: Spanish Missions and Southwestern Indians. By Jerald T. Milanich (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999. xiv plus 210pp. $26.95)

The Chaco Mission Frontier: The Guaycuruan Experience. By James Schofield Saeger and Empire of the Sand: The Seri Indians and the Struggle for Spanish Sonora, 1645–1803. By Thomas Sheridan

A History of the Timucua Indians and Missions. By John H. Hann. (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1996. xvi, 399 pp. $49.95, ISBN 0-8130-1424-7.)

John Eliot's Mission to the Indians before King Philip's War. By Richard W. Cogley. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999. xiv, 331 pp. $45.00, ISBN 0-674-47537-2.)

James A. Sandos. Converting California: Indians and Franciscans in the Missions. (Western Americana Series.) New Haven: Yale University Press. 2004. Pp. xix, 251. $35.00

People of the Dalles: The Indians of Wascopam Mission: A Historical Ethnography Based on the Papers of the Methodist Missionaries. By Robert Boyd. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996. xii, 396 pp. $50.00, ISBN 0-8032-1236-4.)

Laboring in the Fields of the Lord: Spanish Missions and Southeastern Indians. By Jerald T. Milanich. (Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999. xiv, 210 pp. $26.95, ISBN 1-56098-940-8.)


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General term applied to Indians of many tribes, chiefly the Yuma and Shoshone, who were Christianized and gathered into communities by the Spanish Franciscans in southern California (1776–1830s). They were driven out of the missions by the Mexicans, and were neglected by the Americans until after the Civil War, when, largely at the instigation of Helen Hunt Jackson, the government took steps to care for them. Since 1974 they have been located on 31 small reservations in southern California. Mary Austin's Isidro and Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona are romantic depictions of the life of the Mission Indians.

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