History ETDs

Author

Anton V. Long

Publication Date

5-23-1949

Abstract

The purpose of this study has been to examine the effort made to enact urgently needed federal legislation to clear title lands lying within Indian lands but claimed by non-Indian persons.The period covered is confined to that between May 31, 1921, when Senator Holm O. Bursum of New Mexico introduced the first of a series of bills for that purpose, to June 7, 1924, when the last of this series became law. One of these, Senate Bill 3855, was opposed by many people and caused a nation wide storm of protest in 1922 and early 1923. The opponents of this measure, which became known as the Bursum Bill, believed that it favored the non-Indian at the expense of the Indian. The bill which was finally passed obligated the federal government to safeguard the interests of its Pueblo wards and to make restitution if possible in cases where neglect caused them loss.

Level of Degree

Masters

Degree Name

History

Department Name

History

First Committee Member (Chair)

Frank D Reeve

Second Committee Member

Benjamin Socks

Third Committee Member

N/A

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

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