Philadelphia: Office of the Indian Rights Association, 1884.
Softcover. Very good. 38 pp, in original printed wrappers; some chipping and creasing, small restoration to back cover, but overall very good. The Indian Rights Association was formed in 1882 by white reformers who hoped to influence public sentiment and Congressional action regarding to the civil rights and education of Native Americans. In addition to efforts to influence policy, they tracked the actions of Indian Bureau agents, visited reservations to monitor Native American living conditions and health care needs, and sponsored speaking tours to inform the public about Native American issues. The group exercised considerable influence on American Indian policy through the 1930s. This foundational document describes how the organization came into being, lists the members, and recounts achievements of the first year in terms of dissemination of public information and influence over legislation. Appendices include the text of a circular sent to Indian agents around the country requesting information about how legal matters are dealt with on reservations, as well as a proposed act intended to protect Indian land rights.