Coming Full Circle by Laurence Hauptman


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The book tells the story of the Seneca Nation of Indians through the New Deal, effects of the Buffalo Creek Treaty and the Seneca’s resilience.

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By Laurence M. Hauptman. The Buffalo Creek Treaty of 1838 called for the Senecas’ removal to Kansas (then part of the Indian Territory). From that point, the Seneca Nation of Indians, which today occupies three reservations in western New York, sought redemption. Beginning with events leading to the Seneca Revolution in 1848, which transformed the nation’s government from a council of chiefs to an elected system, Laurence M. Hauptman traces Seneca history through the New Deal. Based on the author’s nearly fifty years of archival research, interviews, and applied work, Coming Full Circle shows that Seneca leaders in these years learned valuable lessons and adapted to change, thereby preparing the nation to meet the challenges it would face in the post–World War II era, including major land loss and threats of termination.

Instead of emphasizing American Indian decline, Hauptman stresses that the Senecas were actors in their own history and demonstrated cultural and political resilience.

The Senecas resisted allotment, and thus saved their reservations from breakup and sale. They saved their Oil Spring Reservation, winning a U.S. Supreme Court case against New York State on the issue of taxation and won remuneration in their Kansas Claims case. These efforts laid the groundwork for the Senecas’ postwar endeavor to seek compensation before the Indian Claims Commission and pursuit of a series of land claims and tax lawsuits against New York State.

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; First Edition, New edition (April 11, 2019)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

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