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Menominee Chief Oshkosh is acquitted of murder, 1830

Indian revenge


In this short manuscript written about 1870, Baird describes the accidental killing of a Menominee hunter by another Indian, followed by the swift execution of the killer by Chief Oshkosh, according to Indian traditions of justice. He also recounts the prosecution of Chief Oshkosh for murder, and the trial before judge James D. Doty in Nov. 1830. Doty found Oskosh innocent, asserting that U.S. law did not apply to sovereign Indian nations.

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Related Topics: Territory to Statehood
Early U.S. Settlement
Creator: Baird, Henry S. (Henry Samuel), 1800-1875
Pub Data: Original manuscript from the Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937 (Wis Mss V) Box 3, Folder 10
Citation: Baird, Henry S. "Indian Revenge." Original manuscript from the Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937 (Wis Mss V) Box 3, Folder 10; online facsimile at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1736 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1736; Visited on: 4/18/2014
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