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|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Larry C Skogen
|Description:||xx, 290 p. : ill., 1 map ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Ch. 1. The Colonial Background --
Ch. 2. The Promise of Eventual Indemnity, 1796-1859 --
Ch. 3. Pursuing the Promise: The Antebellum Years --
Ch. 4. The Promise in Transition: The Indian Office and Congress, 1860-1891 --
Ch. 5. Realizing the Promise: The United States Court of Claims, 1891-1920 --
Ch. 6. The Summer War of 1864: A Case Study --
Ch. 7. Paying the Bill: Indian Depredation Claim Payments --
Ch. 8. Conclusion.
|Series Title:||Legal history of North America, v. 2.|
|Responsibility:||Larry C. Skogen.|
By presenting the lives of non-Indian people who filed for relief from depredations and the legal and political systems under which they filed claims, Larry Skogen accentuates the distinction between the lofty ideals and the penurious, tedious reality of the claims system. Because the young nation could not afford to pay for every stolen cow or burned farmhouse, rules and policies were imposed on the system to protect the treasury, but they slowed the claims process and turned away legitimate claimants empty-handed. In addition the system, seldom used by Indians, became a target of unscrupulous settlers, who filed fraudulent claims and sometimes, because they had political connections, received compensation for losses never incurred.
When the system did provide indemnities, Indian nations paid for the actions of their miscreants of whom they disapproved, or, as much more often happened, the U.S. government used monies from the general treasury to pay lawyers and administrators of the estates of long-dead claimants.
- Indians of North America -- Claims against -- History.
- American Indians -- Land -- Tenure -- Law
- United States
- Etats-Unis - Claims court - Histoire.
- Indiens -- Amérique du Nord -- Histoire.
- Etats-Unis -- Réclamations contre les indiens -- Histoire.
- Indians of North America -- Claims against.
- Etats-Unis. -- Claims court -- Histoire.
- Indians of North America -- Claims -- History.
- United States -- Native races.