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 U.S. government forced the Shawnee Nation to sign a removal treaty in 1831. Soon after the death of one of their leaders, Catahecassa, the government wasted no time forcing the Shawnee Nation to sign a removal treaty in 1831.
Be the Political Analyst
Why was the 1831 Treaty with the Shawnee made?
- When was this treaty made with the Shawnee Nation?
- Look for the words “perfect assent.” Given what you have learned about the Shawnee Nation’s efforts to keep their lands, do you think “perfect assent” truthfully reflects the Shawnee Nation’s willingness to give up their homelands? Why do you think those words are used?
- In Article 1, what were the Shawnee people of Wapakoneta being told to give up in this treaty?
- Locate this excerpt from Article 1: “will give back to the United States the lands the Shawnee were given in a treaty…on September 29, 1817.” What does this statement tell you about the land the Shawnee Nation was being asked to give up?
- What can you conclude about the dates 1830 and 1817 mentioned in the treaty?