Historical Accuracy

| April 18, 2007

I received an email from someone who questioned a particular section of my Otoe-Missouria History page. I recreated our email dialogue here: S. Foust wrote: Access Geneology internet site article on Otoe history says that French explorer LaSalle in 1680 met 2 Otoe Chiefs in present day Illinois. Those chiefs told LaSalle of journeying far [...]

La Salle’s Contact with the Otoe

| April 18, 2007

It is not my intent to document every historical reference to the Otoe and Missouria tribes. Many of those references have been compiled in the Garland series book, Otoe and Missouria, which is cited at the bottom of this page, and by Alan H. Hartley for his dictionary slips research. I wrote this article in [...]

The Pawnee Indian School

| January 29, 2007

The Pawnee Indian School in Pawnee, Oklahoma, was one of many federally funded boarding schools built around the turn of the century for the purpose of assimilating Indian youth into white American culture. Since native children were considered too “slow” for advanced education, the boarding schools were actually institutions of vocational training, run by military [...]

Fur Traders and Trail Blazers (Part I)

| January 21, 2007

As best as I can tell, this article was originally published in the Overland Journal (6:3) 1988. I believe that this article is important to the understanding of Otoe-Missouria genealogy, so I am posting my reference copy of the article here, unless I hear otherwise from the publisher, the author or his agent. All links [...]

Moravian Mission Archives

| January 12, 2007

Much of what we know about the early history of the Munsee comes from the records of the Moravian missionaries. Unlike other Christian sects and denominations who came to America for religious freedom, one of the main reasons that the Moravians came to America was to minister to the native population. Their first efforts started [...]

History of the Kansas Munsee (1830 to Present)

| January 11, 2007

previous page The American West In the 1830s, a faction of the tribe favored a move to the American West where other tribes were settling on reservations. During the intervening years, some Delaware tribes had moved to Indiana (for whom the town of Muncie, Indiana, is named), Missouri, and then to Kansas. Another group, the [...]

History of the Kansas Munsee (Prehistory to 1830)

| January 10, 2007

Indigenous People The Munsee (also spelled Monsey, Muncey, Muncie, Munsie, Muncee) were originally part of the Delaware (Lenape) Indians of the Mid-Atlantic coast. The Munsee are often described as the northern division of the Delware, but that designation seems to be solely geographic, not cultural or social. They inhabited the area where present-day Pennsylvania, New [...]

History of the Otoe-Missouria

| January 3, 2007

First Contact The people who would become the Missouria, the Otoe, and the Ioway once belonged to the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Nation, one of the Siouan tribes of the Great Lakes region. At some point, a large group separated themselves and began to migrate to the south. In the simplest sense, the Ioway settled along the [...]

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