Native American Interests
Hundreds of Native American treaties have been scanned and are freely available online, for the first time, through the National Archives Catalog. Also, in partnership with The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), these treaties and extensive additional historical and contextual information are available through Treaties Explorer.
Thanks to an anonymous donation, the National Archives was able to do needed conservation work, scan and digitize this historically and culturally important collection. These records are accessible for anyone, anywhere, through our National Archives Catalog.
Through the Treaties Explorer, you can view historic maps and the agreements and tribes that relate, as well as the historical and present day tribes involved in the treaties.
Now, many more descendants of the original peoples can examine the names and seals and read the words set down by their ancestors so long ago. But more than that, the treaties are still relevant today as tribal leaders and lawyers continue to use them to assert their rights in court, such as in cases over land and water rights.
Be sure to check the Resources on the Treaties Explorer website, which include classroom ready curriculum and a set of three guides to increase your knowledge of treaties and how to research using the Treaties Explorer.
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The Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is pleased to announce the completion of the Journey of Survival: Indian Removal Through Arkansas project. Funded by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, the project includes a touchscreen kiosk at the Sequoyah National Research Center and a companion website, journeyofsurvival.org.
Journey of Survival was a two-year project tasked with creating a visual representation of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 signed by President Andrew Jackson that forcibly displaced the southeastern tribes of the United States—Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), and Seminole. Each tribe was removed through Arkansas from their ancestral homes in the southeastern United States to their new homes in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.
The Journey of Survival project charts each route taken by all five tribes and provides historically accurate narratives documenting the routes traveled. The map is based on a 2009 map created by the Arkansas Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and updated with new research. Over 80 sites have been identified as significant to the story of Indian removal through Arkansas.
Features of the website include photographs of current-day locations and historical markers, along with digital images of original manuscripts related to the removal.
The project team included researchers Dr. Daniel F. Littlefield Jr. and graduate assistant Alex Soulard, GIS analyst James Holley, programmer/developer Erik Stevens, graphic design by Media & More, technical support Freta Rogers-Mason, and principal investigator Erin Fehr.
For more information, contact Erin Fehr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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