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Proceedings of the Great Peace Commission of 1867 - 1868

Although the Civil war had ended officially on April 9, 1865, peace throughout the western frontier was sporadic. Reports of the Sand Creek massacre and skirmishes between tribes and settlers continued to fuel unrest from Texas to the Dakotas west to Arizona and north to Idaho. Peace being cheaper than war, the U.S. once again established a Commission to treat with the Indian nations. Delegates of what is now referred to as the "Great Peace Commission" held councils with the Comanche, Kiowa, Apache, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Ute, Cherokee, Lakota, Dakota, Crow, Navajo, Shoshone, Bannock and Nez Perce nations. These are the official minutes recorded during the treaty negotiations by a representative of the United States Government. They also include the council with the Navajos and a letter describing the meeting with Red Cloud and his subsequent approval of a treaty that was not in the original Peace Commission notebook. They provide important information and valuable clues about the motives and concerns of the contracting parties and the interpretation of ambiguous treaty provisions. A wonderful resource for historians, students and western history sleuths. 178 pages, including an introduction by Vine Deloria, Jr. and Raymond DeMallie, PhD. 1975.
$25.00
Institute for the Development of Indian Law, 1975
©Institute for the Development of Indian Law, 1975
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