These facsimile United States government documents were assembled from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries print collection and scanned at the University of Oklahoma Donald E Pray Law Library. Librarians Marilyn Nicely and Steve Beleu identified titles to scan using Steven L. Johnson’s book, Guide to American Indian Documents in the Congressional Serial Set: 1817-1899. The database is the product of a six-year-long partnership. It was undertaken in order to provide free, online access to this historic content for the benefit of tribes, scholars, students and the public in general. The source volumes were preserved intact throughout the scanning process and may be consulted onsite at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

During the 19th century, the United States was engaged in an era of territorial expansion and addition of new states. The government entered into treaties with tribes, conducted wars with tribes, established reservations, relocated tribes, and determined rights to the lands and resources of the indigenous population. The Serial Set provides in-depth, detailed contemporaneous documentation of political, military, and governmental activities related to indigenous peoples of the continental United States and Alaskan territory.

The Serial Set, which is still published today, contains the House and Senate Documents and Reports from Congressional committees dealing with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. It also includes materials from the executive branch. Documents in the Serial Set are arranged in series chronologically (not topically). Johnson’s bibliographic Guide required the author’s review, scrutiny and selection of documents from an enormous number of Serial Set volumes. Guide to American Indian Documents in the Congressional Serial Set: 1817-1899 was published by Clearwater Publishing Company in 1977. Permission for use of subject annotations was granted by ProQuest LLC as successor in title to ownership of this publication.

Individuals responsible for creating the database are Marilyn K Nicely, Retired Law Librarian for Native American Digitization at the University of Oklahoma Law Library; OU Law Library student workers, especially Sarah K. Capps and Jared Johnson; together with Steve Beleu, Federal Government Information Specialist at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Major institutional support was provided by OU Law and ODL

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Submissions from 1836

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Memorial of citizens of east Florida, convened at St. Augustine, upon the subject of the hostile proceedings of the Seminole Indians in the said territory

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Memorial of the Cherokee representatives, submitting the protest of the Cherokee Nation against the ratification, execution, and enforcement of the treaty negotiated at New Echota, in December 1835

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Message from the President of the United States to the two Houses of Congress at the commencement of the Second Session of the Twenty-Fourth Congress, 1836

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Message from the President of the United States transmitting a report from the Secretary of War, transmitting a report relating to the Cherokee treaty

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Message from the President of the United States transmitting a supplemental report respecting the causes of the Seminole hostilities, and the measures taken to suppress them

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Message from the President of the United States transmitting correspondence in relation to Indian affairs, required by a resolution of the House of Representatives of 23d January 1835, as can be furnished by the War Department; also a report from the Treasury Department on the same subject

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Micajah Ricketts

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Milley Yates

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Missouri -- Extension of western boundary

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Pensions to persons engaged in Indian wars, &c (to accompany bill H. R. no. 353).

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Petition of the citizens of the State of Mississippi remonstrating against Indian claims

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Poas Hadgo

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Pre-emption rights defeated by Indian reservations

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Protect western frontier

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Remove troops from Fort Gibson

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Representatives of Wm. Anderson, deceased

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Resolution of the Legislature of Illinois in favor of granting pensions to persons engaged against the Indians prior to the treaty of Greenville

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Reuben Gentry et al

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Reuben Gentry, Wm. Monroe, et al

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Reuben N. Bullard

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Richard Doughty

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Richard Hathaway, James Flinn and Mary Hubbell

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Robert Frazier

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Robert McBride

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Samuel Drury

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Samuel Tillet

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Sciote Evans

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Stephen Pleasanton

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Surplus revenue -- $200,000,000 stock

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Surveyor's Office -- West of Lake Michigan

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Tennessee -- Settlers on reservation four miles square

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Tennessee -- To issue Grants, &c

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Thomas F. McCanless

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Thomas T. Triplet

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Us-se-yoholo

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Wealthy Beckwith

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William Christy

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William H. Spillers

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William Warden

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Zacheus Copeland

Submissions from 1837

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Albion T. Crow

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Alexander G. Morgan

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Appropriation, further additional to suppress Indian hostilities

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Appropriations -- New offices, &c. Report of the Clerk of the House of Representatives of the United States, in compliance with the "Act to authorize the appointment of additional paymasters, and for other purposes," passed July 4, 1836

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Arkansas -- losses by Choctaw Treaty

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Christopher Dennison

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Clerks -- Executive departments (to accompany bill H. R. no. 836).

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Colonel Francis Vigo

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Conrad Widrig (to accompany bill H. R. no. 927).

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Doctor David H. Maxwell

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Duncan and Taylor

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Edward Duval -- administrators of

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Elisha Moreland, et al (to accompany bill H. R. no. 866).

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Frances Gardiner

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George C. Willard

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Hostilities with Creek Indians. Message from the President of the United States, transmitting the information required by a resolution of the House of Representatives, of the 1st of July last, in relation to the hostilities then existing with the Creek Indians, &c. &c

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H. W. Russel

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H. W. Russel (to accompany bill H. R. no. 830).

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Indiana militia (to accompany bill H. R. no. 917).

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Inhabitants of St. Augustine, Florida

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Isaac Wellborn, Jr

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Jacob Houseman

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James Baker

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James L. Kenner

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John B. Perkins

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John McCormick

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John Wilson

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Leslie Malone

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Milley Yates

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Officers resigned in 1836, and companies employed in Seminole war

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Randolph Carter

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Samuel Miller

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Survey of lands in Illinois and Missouri. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, to the chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means, accompanied by a report from the Surveyor General of Illinois and Missouri, in reference to surveys in those states

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Sylvester Tiffany (to accompany bill H. R. no. 831).

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Tennessee volunteers (to accompany bill H. R. no. 916).

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Thomas F. McCanless

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Thomas T. Triplett

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William Bowman

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William Bowman (to accompany bill H. R. no. 859).

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Willis Stephens

Submissions from 1838

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Abraham H. Kingsley

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Abraham Tipton

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Additional land districts -- Wisconsin

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Avery, Saltmarsh, & Co

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Bartholomew E. Vroman

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Captain James Hunter

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Colonel Joseph Brown

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Daniel Mckinney

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Daniel Newman

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Daniel Snider

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Document in relation to the claim of Ephraim Sprague, for remuneration for property lost in the campaign against the Sac and Indians in 1832

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Documents in relation to the validity of the Cherokee Treaty of 1835

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Documents relating to the bill (S. 1) "Providing for the reduction and graduation of the price of the public lands."

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Elisha Bently

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Estimate of appropriations for 1839

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Geo. C. Johnson

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Henry Bush

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Hiram K. Turk

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Improvements lost by treaty with Choctaw Indians

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Jacob Becker