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Alysa Landry


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Introduction

History

Introduction

The grand narrative of the United States does not include the Indigenous story. For any serious student of history, this should come as no surprise. Forty-five weeks ago, I embarked on a series of historical news stories exploring the evolution of federal Indian policy, one presidential term at a Starting...
1 George Washington

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1 George Washington

Thirty years before George Washington became the first president of the United States, he renovated Mount Vernon, his legendary plantation on the banks of the Potomac River. Then a 27-year-old army commander, Washington in 1759 transformed his family’s modest farmhouse into a mansion. He also moved the main entrance, the...
2 John Adams

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2 John Adams

When John Adams took office in March 1797, his concerns about Native Americans came from two fronts: threats from overseas and tensions along the western border. Fourteen years after the Revolutionary War ended, Great Britain and France continued to occupy territory in North America, and Adams feared either force, with...
3 Thomas Jefferson

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3 Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known for his role as principal author of the Declaration of Independence. But the third president of the United States was also the first to propose broad policies that called for the removal of Indians from their homelands. Jefferson took office in March 1801 served...
4 James Madison

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4 James Madison

Just six months after James Madison took office as the fourth president of the United States, tribes in Indiana and Illinois signed the Treaty of Fort Wayne, trading 3 million acres of land for $5,250 in goods and annual subsidies. Signed in September 1809, the treaty triggered an explosive from...
5 James Monroe

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5 James Monroe

When James Monroe took office in 1817, the country was experiencing an unprecedented sense of euphoria. Monroe, the fifth president of the United States and the last of the founding fathers to hold the office, inherited a nation suddenly freed from foreign powers and ready to focus on domestic Elected...
6 John Quincy Adams

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6 John Quincy Adams

A treaty was waiting on John Quincy Adams’ desk when he took the oath of office and became the sixth president of the United States. The Indian Springs Treaty, which called for the Creek Nation of Georgia to cede to the state all its land and move west, passed Congress...
7 Andrew Jackson

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7 Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson took office with one goal set firmly in his mind: Indians must be moved “beyond the great river Mississippi.” Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, began implementing his policies even before his vice president arrived in Washington. Two weeks after taking the oath of office, sent...
8 Martin Van Buren

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8 Martin Van Buren

Tens of thousands of Native Americans were already being removed from their homelands when Martin Van Buren took office as the eighth president of the United States. Van Buren, who served as secretary of state during Andrew Jackson’s first term in office and vice president during Jackson’s second term, to...