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The Commissioners of Indian Affairs, 1824-1977

Author: Robert M Kvasnicka; Herman J Viola
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [1979]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The postilion of commissioner of Indian Affairs was one of the most important yet most anonymous in the federal bureaucracy. The commissioners figured prominently in the formulation of policy, negotiation of treaties, adjudication of claims, and a host of other matters that involved the federal government and its relations with the Indian population. Although a few commissioners have received considerable scholarly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M Kvasnicka; Herman J Viola
ISBN: 0803227000 9780803227002
OCLC Number: 4857939
Description: xviii, 384 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: edited by Robert M. Kvasnicka and Herman J. Viola ; foreword by Philleo Nash.

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The postilion of commissioner of Indian Affairs was one of the most important yet most anonymous in the federal bureaucracy. The commissioners figured prominently in the formulation of policy, negotiation of treaties, adjudication of claims, and a host of other matters that involved the federal government and its relations with the Indian population. Although a few commissioners have received considerable scholarly attention, almost nothing is known about most of them other than they held office. This collection makes available, for the first time, biographical sketches of the forty-three men who served as Indian commissioner from 1824, when Thomas L. McKenney was appointed to the position (no yet formally established), to 1977, when the office was superseded by that of assistant secretary of the interior for Indian affairs. Information on their personal lives is provided where available, but the emphasis is on their careers as commissioner: the policies and procedures they favored, their relationships with Congress and the president, and the achievements and failures of their administration. Each sketch is followed by a bibliographical essay describing the important sources relating to the commissioner in question. In addition, the final chapter discusses major primary and secondary sources common to a majority of the commissioners.

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