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Resource ID: #28593
Subject: Indigenous Affairs
Source: Robert Lee Margaret Pearce, Geoff McGhee, Cody Leff, Katherine Lanpher, Taryn Salinas, Tristan Ahtone, Kalen Goodluck
Affiliation: Texas Observer
Date: 2020-12-22



In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which distributed public domain lands to raise funds for fledgling colleges across the nation. To fund land-grant universities, the United States took nearly 11 million acres of land from approximately 250 tribes, bands and communities through over 160 violence-backed treaties and land cessions. That land was granted to states to be sold for the benefit of land-grant universities; altogether, it would raise nearly $18 million for 52 institutions by the early 20th century.
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