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News Release
June 15, 2009

SUBJECT: Historic Native American Allotment Houses to be Surveyed in Boyd and Knox Counties in Nebraska

The Nebraska State Historical Society will conduct a survey in Boyd and Knox counties of Native American allotment houses. The project is being conducted by the consulting firm of SWCA of Broomfield, Colorado.

The allotment period in Nebraska began with the General Allotment Act of 1887, also known as the Dawes Act. The act called for Native Americans to be allotted land for farming. Allotments of land equaling 160 acres were made to each head of the family, 80 acres to single people over 18, and 40 acres to each child under the age of 18.

The survey is designed to document and record houses and associated farm outbuildings that reflect this settlement pattern. The allotment system was intended to offer Native Americans the opportunity to own their own pieces of land and become acculturated in Euro-American society as farmers. Documenting these buildings will help record this part of Nebraska's American Indian history.

The Nebraska State Historical Society asks that if you know of any of these properties to contact Bob Puschendorf or telephone (402)471-4769.

A public announcement of the project will be made at a meeting to be held June 17, 2009 at the Santee Casino.


For general information:

Lynne M. Ireland
Deputy Director
Nebraska State Historical Society
PO Box 82554
Lincoln, NE 68501
402.471.4758 (v)
402-471.3100 (f)

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