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Ralph A. Barney Collection of Indian Claims Commission Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-016

Description

This collection contains the Indian Claims Commission (ICC) decisions as well as exhibit materials, such as land, water and mineral appraisals.

Dates

  • 1848 - 1974

Creator

Rights

All rights reserved by Georgetown University Law Library unless otherwise noted.

Historical Note

Indian Claims Commission was established in 1946 by Congress to address cases brought by Native American tribes against the United States Government. Tribes filed claims against the US government for financial compensation for losses due to broken or infringed federal treaties.

Before the creation of the commission, Native American claims were filed with Congress, the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs or the President of the United States. The creation of the Indian Claims Commission sought to create one body that could hear and decide all Native American claims.

The commission heard cases until 1978 when it was dissolved, and remaining cases were transferred to the United States Court of Claims. The commission's legacy maintains that it heard a total of 546 claims and awarded approximately $818,172,606.64.

Extent

17 linear feet (41 archival boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

This collection contains two series.

  1. Series I - Indian Claims Commission Decisions (by volume)
  2. Series II - Exhibit materials (by item)

Creator

Title
Finding Aid for the Ralph A. Barney Collection of Indian Claims Commission Papers (Coll. 16)
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts Repository

Contact:
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