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History: America: Native American

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Online Resources

ProQuest History Vault

American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971 is a ProQuest History Vault module, consisting of digitized content from the U.S. National Archives, the Chicago History Museum, and selected first-hand accounts on Indian Wars and western migration. 

Dawes Commission Records

Dawes Commission records are used by Native American tribal members and tribal governments to prove tribal lineage. The Commission was established in 1893 to divide tribal land into plots, which were then divided among members of the tribe. As part of the process, the Commission accepted or rejected applicants for tribal membership based on whether the tribal government had previously recognized the applicant as a member of the tribe. The records cover the period 1898-1914 and only concern these tribes living in Oklahoma: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole, Delaware Cherokee, and Mississippi Choctaw.

Three groups of records associated with the Dawes Commission are digitized.

Enrollment Cards, 1898-1914 (census cards) Available in the National Archives catalog

Applications for Enrollment (Enrollment Jackets) Available in the National Archives catalog

Applications for Allotment (Land Allotment Jackets) Available from (create a free account to access the records)

Read more about what is included in each type of record and how to navigate them on the National Archives website and at the FamilySearch wiki.