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ʺStatement made by the Indians, a bilingual petition of the Chippewas,… 1864,ʺ http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=40

Vocabulary: Unfamiliar words are defined at www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary

Student Activities:

1. The threepage ʺPetition from White Residents Residing on the South Coast of Lake Superior...ʺ claims that the removal policy is ʺfraught with so many evil consequencesʺ that it should not be pursued. List in your own words the premises they give for reaching that conclusion.

2. On pages 119120 of Bartlettʹs History, Tradition and Adventure in the Chippewa Valley is a letter by an Ojibwe woman named Julia Spears, recalling the Sandy Lake trek and a speech by chief Kichi Makigan. Why does Kichi Makigan reject the U.S. offer to move the Ojibwe west of the Mississippi?

3 . I n t h e ʺ U n d a t e d L e t t e r f r o m S a n d y L a k e f r o m E i g h t O j i b w e C h i e f s . . . , ʺ w h a t i s t h e m a i thing that they want the Superintendant of Indian Affairs to do? n

4. Why did the authors of that letter sign it with Xʹs? What was the purpose of the six witnesses, in signing it?

5. In the ʺUndated Copy of a Letter from 13 Chiefs and Headmen...,ʺ what reasons are given for wanting the Indian agent removed? Restate them in your own words. Which one is the most persuasive, in your opinion?

6. Compare the actions of Indian agent Watrous with those of Indian agent Street in lesson 5. List the ways that the two men are different from one another in attitudes and actions.

7. More than 10% of the Lake Superior Ojibwe died as a result of Indian Agent Watrousʹ actions yet he suffered no punishment. How could that happen? If any federal or state official caused the deaths of hundreds of people today, wouldnʹt there be consequences? Why werenʹt the same standards applied then?

8th Grade Standards Addressed: 8.1, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.11

12th Grade Standards Addressed: 12.5, 12.12


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