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    "Act of June 2, 1924, Public Law 68-175, 43 STAT 253, which authorized the Secretary of the Interior to issue certificates of citizenship to Indians."

    Act of June 2, 1924, Public Law 68-175, 43 STAT 253, which authorized the Secretary of the Interior to issue certificates of citizenship to Indians., 06/02/1924; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789 - 1996; General Records of the U.S. Government; Record Group 11; National Archives.

    Approved on June 2, 1924, this act of Congress granted citizenship to any Native Americans born within the United States. At the time many were still denied voting rights by individual state or local laws.

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    Indian Citizenship Act

    On June 2, 1924, Congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act, which granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S. The right to vote, however, was governed by state law; until 1957, some states barred Native Americans from voting. In a WPA interview from the 1930s, Henry Mitchell describes the attitude toward Native Americans in Maine, one of the last states to comply with the Indian Citizenship Act:

    One of the Indians went over to Old Town once to see some official in the city hall about voting. I don’t know just what position that official had over there, but he said to the Indian, ‘We don’t want you people over here. You have your own elections over on the island, and if you want to vote, go over there.’

    Just why the Indians shouldn’t vote is something I can’t understand.

    “The Life of Henry Mitchell.” Robert Grady, interviewer; Old Town, Maine, ca. 1938-1939. American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1940. Manuscript Division

    Committee of 100 on Indian Affair[e]s. Dec 13, 1923. National Photo Company Collection. Prints & Photographs Division

    Previously, the Dawes Severalty Act (1887) had shaped U.S. policy towards Native Americans. In accordance with its terms, and hoping to turn Indians into farmers, the federal government redistributed tribal lands to heads of families in 160-acre allotments. Unclaimed or “surplus” land was sold, and the proceeds used to establish Indian schools where Native-American children learned reading, writing, and the domestic and social systems of white America. By 1932, the sale of both unclaimed land and allotted acreage resulted in the loss of two-thirds of the 138 million acres that Native Americans had held prior to the Dawes Act.

    In addition to the extension of voting rights to Native Americans, the Secretary of the Interior commissioned the Institute for Government Research to assess the impact of the Dawes Act. Completed in 1928, the Meriam Report described how government policy oppressed Native Americans and destroyed their culture and society.

    The poverty and exploitation resulting from the paternalistic Dawes Act spurred passage of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. This legislation promoted Native-American autonomy by prohibiting allotment of tribal lands, returning some surplus land, and urging tribes to engage in active self-government. Rather than imposing the legislation on Native Americans, individual tribes were allowed to accept or reject the Indian Reorganization Act. From 1934 to 1953, the U.S. government invested in the development of infrastructure, health care, education, and the quality of life on Indian lands improved. With the aid of federal courts and the government, over two million acres of land were returned to various tribes.

    Photographs from American Indians of the Pacific Northwest :

    Salish Man Named Paul Challae and Small Child , Montana, date unknown.

    Salish Man and Woman Sitting on Rocks , Montana [?], date unknown.

    Salish Woman Sits with Her Grandchildren…, St. Ignatius Mission, Montana. 1924.

    American Indians of the Pacific Northwest integrates over 2,300 photographs and 7,700 pages of text relating to Native Americans of two cultural areas of the Pacific Northwest. Many aspects of life and work — including housing, clothing, crafts, transportation, education, and employment, are illustrated in this collection drawn from the extensive holdings of the University of Washington Libraries, the Cheney Cowles Museum/Eastern Washington State Historical Society, and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle.

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    Native American rights advocate, Dr. Joseph Kossuth Dixon, a former Baptist minister, undertook efforts to document the Native American experience during World War I with the hope that documenting Native American service in the military would aid the struggle to obtain general U.S. citizenship. Forty percent of Native Americans were not citizens until 1924, though more than 12,000 served in the U.S. Army during World War I. Read the Geography & Map Division blog post Native Americans in the First World War and the Fight for Citizenship which shows a map that used Dr. Dixon’s work to document Native American participation during the war.

    The Library’s Music Division used their In the Muse blog to remember the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act by presenting the publication American Indian Melodies. Read Sheet Music of the Week: American Indian Edition.

    Search Congress.gov to follow legislation affecting Native Americans. Ongoing efforts to protect their rights are seen through the introduction of bills both in the Senate and House of Representatives such as H.R. 1694–Native American Voting Rights Act of 2019.

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    Indian Citizenship Act

    Indian Citizenship Act

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    This article is about American legislation. For the legislation in India, see Indian nationality law.

    Native Indian Citizenship Act

    Other short titles Native Indian Freedom Citizenship Suffrage Act of 1924 and 1925

    Long title An Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue certificates of citizenship to Native Indians.

    Acronyms (colloquial) ICA

    Nicknames Snyder Act

    Enacted by the 68th United States Congress

    Effective June 2, 1924


    Public law Pub.L. 68–175

    Statutes at Large 43 Stat. 253


    Titles amended 8 U.S.C.: Aliens and Nationality

    U.S.C. sections amended 8 U.S.C. ch. 12, subch. III § 1401b

    Legislative history

    Introduced in the House as H.R. 6355 by Homer P. Snyder (R-NY) on February 22, 1924Committee consideration by House Indian Affairs, Senate Indian AffairsPassed the House on March 18, 1924 (Passed)Passed the Senate on May 15, 1924 (Agreed)Agreed to by the House on May 23, 1924 (Agreed) and by the Senate onSigned into law by President Calvin Coolidge on June 2, 1924

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    Indian Citizenship Act

    President Coolidge stands with four Osage Indians at a White House ceremony

    The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, (43 Stat. 253, enacted June 2, 1924) was an Act of the United States Congress that granted US citizenship to the indigenous peoples of the United States. While the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution defines a citizen as any persons born in the United States and subject to its laws and jurisdiction, the amendment had previously been interpreted by the courts not to apply to Native peoples.

    The act was proposed by Representative Homer P. Snyder (R) of New York, and signed into law by President Calvin Coolidge on June 2, 1924. It was enacted partially in recognition of the thousands of Native Americans who served in the armed forces during the First World War.


    1 Text

    2 History and background

    2.1 US Constitution

    2.2 Fourteenth Amendment

    2.3 Indian Citizenship Act

    3 Debate 4 See also 5 References 6 External links


    The text of the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act reads as follows:

    That all non citizen Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States be, and they are hereby, declared to be citizens of the United States: That the granting of such citizenship shall not in any manner impair or otherwise affect the right of any Indian to tribal or other property.

    Approved, June 2, 1924. June 2, 1924. [H. R. 6355.] [Public, No. 175.]

    SIXTY-EIGHTH CONGRESS. Sess. I. CHS. 233. 1924.

    See House Report No. 222, Certificates of Citizenship to Indians, 68th Congress, 1st Session, Feb. 22, 1924.

    The act has been codified in the United States Code at Title 8, Sec. 1401(b).

    History and background[edit]

    US Constitution[edit]

    Under Article One of the United States Constitution, "Indians not taxed" were not counted in the population of a state for purposes of apportionment. Indigenous tribes were largely considered to be separate nations, with citizenship and treaty rights, so their people were not considered to be citizens of the United States.

    The earliest recorded date of Native people becoming US citizens was in 1831, when the Mississippi Choctaw became citizens after the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek of 1830 was ratified. Under article XIV of that treaty, any Choctaw who elected not to move to Native American Territory could become an American citizen when he registered, and if he stayed on designated lands for five years after treaty ratification.

    The US Supreme Court in (1857) said that Native people could become citizens, though their acquisition of citizenship was by way of naturalization (ie., not by birth within US territory):[1]

    They [the Indian tribes] may without doubt, like the subjects of any foreign government, be naturalized by the authority of Congress and become citizens of a state and of the United States, and if an individual should leave his nation or tribe, and take up his abode among the white population, he would be entitled to all the rights and privileges which would belong to an emigrant from any other foreign people.[2][3]

    After the American Civil War, the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (ratified in 1870, after the 14th Amendment came into effect) repeated the exclusion, declaring:[4]

    all persons born in the United States, and not subject to any foreign power, excluding Indians not taxed, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States.

    Fourteenth Amendment[edit]

    In 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment declared all persons "born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" were citizens. However, the "jurisdiction" requirement was interpreted to exclude most Native Americans, and in 1870, the Senate Judiciary Committee further clarified the matter: "the 14th amendment to the Constitution has no effect whatever upon the status of the Indian tribes within the limits of the United States".[1] About 8% of the Native population at the time qualified for U.S. citizenship because they were "taxed".[1] Others obtained citizenship by serving in the military, marrying whites, or accepting land allotments[5] such as those granted under the Dawes Act.[1]

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