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What happened to all those land allotments?

I'm well aware about the allotments for the individuals on the Dawes. I'm trying to check a story my great grandmother used to tell. Apparently because their parents were on the Dawes along with my great grandmother and her sister the family received a land allotment. Sometime after this when my great grandmother was a 20 something year old a gentleman came to the door and told my great grandmother they wanted to buy their deceased father's land (for some ridiculously low price) like a dollar. The person told my great grandmother that her older sister had already signed a document to sell the land and so my great grandmother (being very poor at the time....) signed also. Apparently my great grandmother told this story to remind her children and grandchildren of the importance of reading what you sign before you sign it. They said they lost the land allotment for less than it was worth.

I've played with all kinds of ideas about this. I've heard stories about Native Americans back in the old days feeling that you could no more own land than you could own the sky and so being able to be tricked out of land (but then I remember about plantation owners who were Native Americans).

Or perhaps many individuals on the Dawes were tricked out of their land allotments? Or sold their land for ridiculously low prices? What happened to all that land that folks were alloted? Anyone else heard stories such as this in their family?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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