RG75 M2, M234 Yes these are historian-archival resources that many of us in the research business know as the source for much of the information about Indian Affairs in the 19th century. If you don’t know what I am talking about, I envy your ignorance, as there must be a lot less stress, strain, and anguish in your life. These are microfilm series that contain correspondence from Indian Agents and others about the administration of tribes and reservations in the United States. There are two different series related to Oregon for RG (Record Group) 75: NARA Series M234- Letters received, … Continue reading RG75 M234 Now Discovered ONLINE!
Last Night I presented before some 200+ people at the Kennedy School in Portland. The presentation was well received. Some very good questions, the normal comments of surprise and shock at some of the numbers I was presenting about what happened to Native peoples in the past 200 years. The presentation is here, 200 Years of Changes Continue reading 200+ People Changed by History
On August 7th 1871, Indian commissioner Alfred B. Meacham met with representatives of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The mission was to discuss the possibility of the tribe relinquishing its reservation and combining with one of their neighboring reservations in Washington State or Oregon. The transcript of this meeting is found in the M234 series of microfilm. The series is mainly correspondence of Indian Affairs from the Oregon superintendency. the microfilm was accessed at the NARA downtown Washington, D.C. facility, but there are copies at many other libraries. This transcript is 61 pages in a report dated January 1, 1872. … Continue reading “I suppose you know you are leaving us many days behind.” Umatilla Reservation 1871
August in Washington, D.C. is hot, humid, and is always seen as a great opportunity to find incredible resources that are lost in the archives. I … Continue reading Research in Washington, D.C., August 2014
In the Northwest today there is an incredible historical irony playing itself out through inter-tribal politics. Perhaps the situation is such that it rates as predictive in nature. For the past decade or so the Tribes in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon have engaged in a economic war over who will first be able to place its casino within the vicinity of Portland. Thus far The Grand Ronde tribe has been successful in fending off the advances of both Washington based and Oregon tribes. One of the most problematic opponents is the Cowlitz tribe who would like to claim that … Continue reading 200 years of Conflict