1919 August 9

Bill in Congress to Grant Native-Americans Full U.S. Citizenship


A bill in Congress, drafted by Rep. Charles Carter from Oklahoma, would have granted Native-Americans full U.S. citizenship. The bill had been favorably reported out by the House Committee on Indian Affairs. An article in The New York Times on this day supporting the bill put the issue in the context of self-determination of European peoples — Poles, Czechoslovaks, Lithuanians, and others — then one of the major issues in the debates over the Versailles Peace Treaty to end the World War I.

Native-Americans gained citizenship on June 2, 1924, when the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act was signed into law.

Learn more at a timeline of Native American history: http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/imperialism/notes/nativeamericanchron.html

Read: Steven L. Pevar, The Rights of Indians and Tribes (2012)

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