By James W. Oberly
A background of the Mohican humans from the conflict of 1812 to the Nixon administrationContrary to the influence left by means of James Fenimore Cooper’s recognized novel final of the Mohicans, the Mohican humans, sometimes called the Stockbridge-Munsee Indians, didn't disappear from background. really, regardless of stumbling blocks, they've got retained their tribal identification to today. during this first historical past of the modern day Mohicans, James W. Oberly narrates their tale from the time in their relocation to Wisconsin throughout the post–World struggle II era.Since the battle of 1812 Mohican background has been marked by way of astute if occasionally sour engagement with the yank political method, leading to 5 treaties and ten acts of Congress, handed among 1843 and 1972. As Oberly lines those political occasions, he additionally assesses such concerns as tribal club, intratribal political events, and sovereignty.
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Additional info for A Nation of Statesmen: The Political Culture of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans, 1815-1972
He maintained the titles sachem and councilor but otherwise remade the Stockbridges into a Jacksonian polity with frequent elections and nonstop politicking. Quinney served several nonconsecutive terms as sachem of the tribe under the 1837 constitution, a period noteworthy for the congressional abolition of the tribe in 1843, a reversal of that decision in 1846, and, in 1847, the framing of a new state constitution for Wisconsin that specifically included the Stockbridges as citizens with the right to vote and access to state courts and thereby subject to state power.
Does membership include full standing in the polity, or is it limited by age and gender? Also, how are members treated who do not live on the homelands? Treasury since the 1820s. Who received cash payments and on what basis? Who decided on the allocation of funds? Similarly, when the tribe hired its own members for employment, who got the jobs? The issue of law and order, or more precisely, jurisdiction over criminal and civil matters on the Stockbridge-Munsee homelands, was a fkequent issue in tribal politics.
Few Stockbridges could meet the test. Reverends Belknap and Morse noted in 1796 that only five men and twenty-five women were church members, and of that group, two of the men were suspended for drunkenness and one of the women for disorderly conduct. If the total population of New Stockbridge was 300 people, just 27 full church members was a small percentage of even the adult population of the tribe. As late as 1818 at New Stockbridge, Reverend Sergeant could count only four men and ten women as church members.
A Nation of Statesmen: The Political Culture of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans, 1815-1972 by James W. Oberly