Native American Indian Documents
Footnote is proud to feature almost 2,000,000 Native American Indian Documents which our currently on our site. All of these Indian records are indexed as well as easy to search and view. Subscribers can download these records in their original form so they can become a permanent part of their personal history. We are excited to be the repository for these valuable historical documents which make up a great part of American History. Please take the time to peruse this page taking note of the records which might pertain to you and your family history. From Indian treaties to the census rolls you will find valuable information on the Cherokee, Seminole, Creek and many other Indian tribes. Footnote will continue to build upon our North American records by continuing to add a large number of Native American Tribal collections in the future!
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Explanations of Our Native American Indian Collections
2009 | Lindon, UT
The following boxes will give you a short explanation of each collection, with a link to a page and information pertaining to each one. Please take your time to peruse each of them, and it is our hope that you will find the treasured information that you are looking for. Footnote offers these images of our current American Indian Collections, and millions more to you at an attractive price.
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Cherokee Indian Agency (TN)
THE CHEROKEE INDIAN AGENCY (TN) collection includes the records of the agent of Cherokee Indian Affairs in Tennessee whose duties included preserving or restoring peace, and inducing American Indians to cede their lands and move their tribes to areas less threatened by white encroachment. The agency distributed money and goods and carried out other provisions of treaties with the Indian Tribes. As the Native Americans were increasingly confined on reservations, the agents became more concerned with educating and "civilizing" them.
Eastern Cherokee Applications
THE EASTERN CHEROKEE APPLICATION COLLECTION contains applications submitted for shares of the money that was appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians by Congress on 30 June 1906. The applications are part of the Guion Miller Enrollment Records, also available at Footnote. This title also includes a 2-volume general index to the applications of these North American Indians.
Guion Miller Roll
In 1906, Guion Miller was appointed by the U.S. Court of Claims to determine who was eligible for funds under the American Indian treaties of 1835-36 and 1845 between the United States and the Eastern Cherokee. There are an estimated 90,000 individual applicants from throughout North America included within this publication. Within these applications are names of siblings, parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and great grandparents, further establishing family relationships vital to affirming Native American tribal connections.
Dawes Enrollment Cards
Indian enrollment records were created by the Dawes Commission (DAWES ENROLLMENT CARDS) to record information about family groups within the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole Indian nations. They list family relationships, degree of native blood, age, tribal enrollment, and other data useful to establishing family connections and Native American ancestry in North America.
THE DAWES PACKETS series contains the original applications for American Indian tribal enrollments under the act of June 28, 1898, as well as supporting documents such as birth and death records, marriage licenses, transcripts of testimony taken by the Commission, correspondence relating to the status of the application, and decisions and orders of the Dawes Commission concerning this part of Native American History. This North American collection is rich in information just as the Indian census is.
Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940
Most of the INDIAN CENSUS ROLLS include the English and/or the Indian name of the person, roll number, age or date of birth, sex, and relationship to head of family. Beginning in 1930 the census rolls also show the degree of American Indian blood, marital status, ward status, place of residence, tribe, and sometimes other information. Only Native Americans who maintained a formal affiliation with their tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls. There is not a census for every Indian reservation or tribe of Indians for every year.
Ratified American Indian Treaties
INDIAN TREATIES were made by the Continental Congress, by the Congress of the Confederation, and were continued under the US Constitution. This series of American Indian treaties and related papers is arranged chronologically by date of signing of the treaty, and then numbered in that order. Each treaty is labeled with the name of the Indian tribe, date of ratification, and place of treaty. The envelope images at the beginning of each treaty often contain added information.
Photos of Native Americans
Here is a brand new collection from Footnote of NATIVE AMERICAN PHOTOS. Frank A. Rinehart, a commercial photographer in Omaha, Nebraska, was commissioned to photograph the 1898 Indian Congress, part of the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition. More than five hundred Native Americans from thirty-five tribes attended the conference, providing the gifted photographer and artist an opportunity to create a stunning visual document of Native American life and culture at the dawn of the 20th century. Enjoy this collection and watch for more to come!