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The Struggle for Land

The Ioway, Missouria, and Otoe tribes have endured many difficult encounters with the United States government running from the first treaty made in 1805 through today’s continued land struggles.

The U.S. government made a total 10 treaties with the Ioway tribe starting in 1805 and ending in 1861. These treaties were a combination of attempted peace treaties between tribes, land cessions/removal of Ioway Indians, and other tribes, from their native lands, and the establishment of reservations. Many of these treaties were negotiated by and for multiple tribes with only a few people signing them which created discord between some factions of the tribes.  

Even with the end of treaties between the U.S. government and Native American tribes, the struggle for land rights has continued. The government continually infringes upon the rights of many Indian nations and ignores their sacred grounds which can be seen through the many events publicized through social media and in the news. 

Signing of the Treaty of 1825
Lehman & Duval Lithrs and Lewis, James Otto. "View of the Great Treaty Held at Prarie [sic] du Chien, September 1825 / Painted on the Spot by J.O. Lewis ; Lehman & Duval Lithrs." 1835, Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Digital Id: cph 3b52019 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52019. Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:View_of_the_great_treaty_held_at_Prarie_(sic)_du_Chien,_September_1825_-_painted_on_the_spot_by_J.O._Lewis_;_Lehman_%26_Duval_Lithrs._LCCN2001696068.tif.
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