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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 30: Oklahoma. (search)
, and something like a fair exchange of lands was always offered to them. On quitting Georgia, the Cherokees obtained a better country on the Verdigris. In place of their old home, the Creeks and Choctaws got hunting-grounds along the Arkansas. The Senecas got the Alleghany; the Oneidas, Green Bay. The Omahas received lands on the Missouri, the Crows on Yellowstone, the Shoshones on the Snake. No tribe was ever driven from home, except on promise of a finer campingground elsewhere. From Penn and Ogle, therefore, to Story and Chace, no one has denied that the original title in the land lay with the Red men. But Waite and his learned brethren have wrought a sudden change. These magistrates have decided that the Indians are not owners of the soil, generally, or even holders of the fee in their own lands. The true proprietor, they assert, is the Government of the United States! No Creek, no Choctaw can be made to seize the maxims on which Waite proceeds, but the most benight