Kickapoo Nation Case Study

How did many individuals of the Kickapoo Nation, who originally lived in what is now Indiana, end up living in Mexico? These sources allow you to further investigate this story of American Indian removal.

The Kickapoo Nation had to testify before the U.S. Congress in 1981. They wanted the same rights and benefits as all other Indian nations recognized by the government.

Be the Linguist

What can you learn about Kickapoo removal from Raul Garza's testimony?

  1. What is the date of this quote?
  2. How do you think Garza feels toward the U.S. government?
  3. Challenge Question
  4. Based on the date of this quote, do you think the Kickapoo Nation is still affected by removal? If so, how? If not, why?

At one time our people owned all the land in this country. We have a right to have at least a small portion of it.

Raul Garza, former Kickapoo leader (Mexican/Texas Band), 1981.

Confirming the Citizenship Status of the Texas Band of Kickapoo Indians: Hearings before the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, House of Representatives, 97th Congress, first and second sessions on H.R. 4496, October 30, 1981, and August 5, 1982, Washington, D.C.

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