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
Submissions from 1898
Irrigation of certain parts of the Montezuma Valley. Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, relative to the irrigation of that part of the Montezuma Valley lying within the boundaries of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation
Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, submitting certain agreements with Rosebud and Lower Brule Indians for a cession of lands and modification of existing treaties, together with drafts of bills relating thereto
Mission Indians of California. Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting draft of a bill to amend an act entitled "An act for the relief of the Mission Indians in the State of California," together with copy of Indian office report relating to the same.
Sisseton and Wahpeton Bands of Dakota or Sioux Indians. Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting a report concerning the Sisseton and Wahpeton Bands of Dakota or Sioux Indians, in conformity with the requirements of the Indian appropriation Act of June 7, 1897
Submissions from 1899
Hearing before the subcommittee of the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, on the amendment intended to be Proposed by Mr. Allen to the Indian appropriation bill in Regard to Payment to Osage Indians
Improvements on certain lands in Wind River Reservation. Letter from the Acting Secretary of the Interior, transmitting, with accompanying papers, a report on the character and value of certain improvements on lands which have become a part of the Wind River or Shoshone Reservation, in Wyoming
Indian industrial school, Fort Keogh, Mont. Letter from the Acting Secretary of the Interior, transmitting a copy of a report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in relation to the establishment of an Indian industrial school at Fort Keogh, Mont.
Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, in response to resolution of the Senate of January 13, 1899, relative to condition and character of the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache Indian Reservation, and the assent of the Indians to the agreement for the allotment of lands and the ceding of unallotted lands.
Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, in response to resolution of the Senate of January 25, 1899, calling for number of adult male Indians belonging to the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache Tribes in October, 1892
Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting copy of the agreement between the United States commissioners to negotiate with the Five Civilized Tribes and the commissioners on the part of the Cherokee Nation
Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting in response to resolution of the Senate of February 24, 1899, a communication from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, with accompanying papers, relative to Indian reservations in the State of Nevada.
Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting, in response to Senate resolution of January 6, 1899, copies of letters and accompanying inclosures from the Commissioner of the General Land Office and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, relating to the estimating of timber and the cutting of dead and fallen timber on the Chippewa Indian Reservations in the State of Minnesota.
School at Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Minn. Letter from the Acting Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting a copy of a communication from the Secretary of the Interior requesting an increase of appropriation for the school at Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Minn