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The first U.S. treaty with an American Indian tribe is ratified
The Continental Congress, a governing body formed during the American Revolution, made up of delegates ...
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 ...
Congress orders medical care for Native peoples
The federal government formally assigns the responsibility for providing medical care for Native peoples ...
Andrew Jackson promises friendship to Choctaw, Cherokee
Choctaw and Cherokee Indians fight for General Andrew Jackson to defeat the Creek Indians in the Battle ...
U.S. frontier advances, pushing Native peoples westward
All along its western border, the U.S. presses for more land to accommodate the expanding nation. To ...
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 ...
Cherokee and Choctow hope for long-term U.S. alliance
As the U.S. and Britain fight the War of 1812 on fronts from Mexico to Canada, tribes seek strategic ...