This Day in History: The Nelson Act Defrauds Minnesota Chippewa of Land and Timber; Update on Paiutes and the Oregon Standoff

This day in history, January 14, 1889, marks the day of great injustice done to Minnesota’s Chippewa people. On this day, Congress passed the Nelson Act, legislation pushed by Minnesota leaders that unilaterally broke treaties and took tribal lands.

The legislation was named for Minnesota U.S. Rep. Knute Nelson. The bill’s official title was something of a whitewash: “An act for the relief and civilization of the Chippewa Indians in the State of Minnesota.” It was anything but. Continue reading