Shawnee Nation Case Study
How did many members of the Shawnee Nation, who previously lived in what is now Ohio, end up living in Oklahoma? These sources allow you to further investigate this story of American Indian removal.
The Shawnee Nation tried for many years to hold onto their lands. In 1802, Catahecassa asked President Thomas Jefferson to uphold earlier agreements that the United States had made with the Shawnee Nation.
Be the Historian
What does this letter from Catahecassa to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson tell you about Shawnee removal?
- How many years before the removal of the Shawnee Nation did Catahecassa write this letter?
- Who is “Brother” in this letter?
- What is the tone (or emotion) of Catahecassa’s (Black Hoof’s) words?
- Try putting each line of the letter into your own words. What does Catahecassa want to achieve with this letter?