Cherokees Against Corrupt Cattle Kings

21 [Indian Territory] Boudinot, E.C. A CIRCULAR LETTER. Fort Smith, Ark., Nov. 14, 1883. Narrow 4to broadside, two columns, signed in type. Fine condition.

Rare unrecorded (no copies in OCLC or bibliographies) broadside
protesting against the leasing of Cherokee lands to corrupt cattle
barons. Elias C. Boudinot was the son of Elias Boudinot (assassinated
by Cherokees in 1839 for signing the Treaty of New Echota). Boudinot
served as a Colonel in the Confederate Army (under his uncle,
Stan Waitie) and he represented the Cherokees in the Confederate Congress. In this broadside, Boudinot writes to every Cherokee, “red, white or black,” about the leasing of half of the Nation to a “few white Cattle Kings” who might eventually drive “everybody out of the Nation according to their own sweet will.” Boudinot lists the reasons a better deal should be found, and indicts William A. Philips, the Kansas attorney for the Cherokee, as being complicit. Rare and unrecorded imprint.

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