US Government Documents related to Indigenous Nations


95th Congress, 2d Session



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This document, dated September 30, 1978, is the final report of the United States (US) Indian Claims Commission which operated from 1946 to 1978. The Claims Commission served as an intermediary between Indigenous people in the United States and the US Court of Claims to help process the volume of claims filed against the United States. Following the “Indian Citizenship Act” (An Act to Authorize the Secretary of the Interior to Issue Certificates of Citizenship to Indians) in 1924, an increasing number of Indigenous people were filing suit with the Court of Claims over treaty violations and other grievances about the conduct of the US government. This increase necessitated a more organized way of processing claims. The Meriam Report, published in 1928, supported the idea of a claims commission and in 1946 it was established. This final report includes a history of the Claims Commission, an alphabetical list of cases handled by the Claims Commission, an index of claims by docket number, and a record of completed dockets and awards. This report includes a map entitled, "Indian Land Areas Judicially Established." This map is posted to this collection as a separate document.

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Court of Claims, Claim Commission, Indian Claims Commission, Meriam Report, Indian Citizenship Act, treaty violations, grievances, taken land, lawsuit, litigation, court case

Organizations Referenced

US Court of Claims, US Indian Claims Commission, US Department of the Interior

People Referenced

Jerome K. Kuykendall, John T. Vance, Richard W. Yarborough, Margaret H. Pierce, Brantley Blue, Edgar E. Witt, William M. Holt, Arthur V. Watkins, T. Harold Scott, John T. Vance, Theodore R. McKeldin


Government Printing Office


American Politics | Indigenous, Indian, and Aboriginal Law | Indigenous Studies | Law and Politics | Native American Studies | United States History

Recommended Citation

United States Indian Claims Commission. United States Indian Claims Commission Final Report. 95th Cong., 2d sess. September 30, 1978.

United States Indian Claims Commission Final Report



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