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Smallpox epidemics strike Mexico and the Great Plains
For two years, smallpox spreads from Mexico north and throughout the Great Plains, killing many members ...
Congress can regulate trade with Indian tribes
The Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, permits Congress to make all laws ...
An estimated 150,000 dead at Ne-cha-co-lee, a Chinook city
The expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark arrives at a Chinook village in Oregon that ...
Congress orders medical care for Native peoples
The federal government formally assigns the responsibility for providing medical care for Native peoples ...
First Alaskan hospital opens; does not treat Native peoples
Physicians go to work in a new hospital in the Russian Alaskan capital city of Sitka, but the doctors ...
Congress pays missionaries to ‘civilize’ American Indians
Congress appropriates $10,000 to pay what it calls people of “good moral character” to help the U.S. eliminate ...
Supreme Court rules American Indians do not own land
The first of three court cases (the “Marshall Trilogy”) that become the foundation of American Indian ...
U.S. establishes Office of Indian Affairs in War Department
Establishment of the Office of Indian Affairs within the War Department puts in place the bureaucracy ...
Northwest tribes tell of smallpox arrival
Oral histories describe sailors from a ship from Chile handing out gifts to make peace and encourage ...