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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

S is for ST. REGIS

A State law was passed in 1816 to allow the State to purchase land from the St. Regis Indians based on whatever the Governor considered a reasonable amount.  There were three articles to the treaty of 1816.

The first article was to convey the one mile square on Salmon River and 5,000 acres off the east end of the St. Regis reserve (Fort Covington then called French Mills).
Article two: states that the Governor agrees to pay an annuity of $1,300 “forever hereafter” on the first Tuesday of August next, and every year thereafter.
Article three: that the St. Regis will authorize three of its chiefs or principal men to receive the annuity. “And the receipt of the said chiefs or principal men, so deputed, shall be considered a full and satisfactory discharge of the people of the State of New York, from the annuity which may be so received.”

Article three is rather odd.  Does it mean they are discharged for the year, or that once the St. Regis actually take the money in August of 1817, New York would be discharged of their obligation, period?  That is an unknown without access to records of payments. ...

More of the above excerpt will be discussed in my book Indian Land Title in New York to be published later this year by The History Press.
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  1. I would take that to mean that giving the money to those the tribe chose left the government owing no more money to the tribe for that year. But knowing the government and how they like to "buy" things for "fair market" value for their own purposes, it wouldn't surprise me one bit to find they used that clause to welch on their deal. Hubby's great-grandfather came to Texas and purchased 450+ acres. When the US government was creating the Big Thicket National Preserve, they did that with his family. We still live on some of it. As do other family members. But a great big chunk is now in the Preserve. Including the place where hubby's family would have their Easter BBQ's and easter egg hunt. And the dipping vat for the cows they used to run on the acreage.
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