Source:Robert Lee Margaret Pearce, Geoff McGhee, Cody Leff, Katherine Lanpher, Taryn Salinas, Tristan Ahtone, Kalen Goodluck
Date:March 30, 2020; April 6, 2020; August 18, 2020; October 23, 2020; December 22, 2020
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.