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Identifier

Accession 841

Inclusive Dates

1978-1993

Restrictions

Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

28,000 pieces 14.0 linear feet

Language

English;

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the records used by the defense attorney in the Catawba Indian land claim trial. Included in the collection are correspondence, memoranda, appendices, reports, financial references, legal brief, newspaper clippings, and other records concerning the land dispute. South Carolina v. Catawba Indian Tribe, Inc., 476 U.S. 498 1986 was an important case regarding aboriginal title in the United States. A settlement was eventually reached where the Catawba Indian Nation’s aboriginal title was revoked in exchange for $50,000,000 in 1993. This collection would prove invaluable to anyone researching the Catawba Indian Nation, its history, and relation to local history.

Provenance

The records and papers of the defense’s case were donated to the Archives on February 1, 1994 by Daniel Byrd.

Copyright

For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Catawba Indian Land Claim Dispute Records - Accession 841

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