Finding Aid to the Indian Claims Commission Records MS.247

Finding aid prepared by Anna Liza Posas
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
2007, 2013

Title: Indian Claims Commission records
Identifier/Call Number: MS.247
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.0 Linear feet 2 linear feet (2 boxes)
Date: Nov-07
creator: O'Marr, Louis J.
creator: United States. Indian Claims Commission.

Related Archival Materials note

Indian Claims Commission Decisions in cooperation with the University of Tulsa Law Library and the National Indian Law Library, the Electronic Publishing Center digitized all 43 volumes of this collection,

General note

Tribal names used were taken from the formal Indian Claims Commission Index or the documents themselves.

Custodial history

The collection consists of Louis J. O'Marr's original work files. The collection was then inherited by his granddaughter Valerie Lloyd upon his death. Lloyd gave the collection to Joy Strayer in 2003. Joy Strayer donated the collection to the Braun Research Library in 2007.

Biographcal note

Louis J. O'Marr was a judge appointed to the Indian Claims Commission. A former grocer and a small-town Wyoming lawyer, he was elected state attorney general in 1943. Although not possessing any special expertise in Indian affairs, he was appointed as an assistant Commissioner to the Indian Claims Commission, created on August 13, 1946, and sworn in on April 10, 1946 by President Harry S. Truman.

Preferred citation

Indian Claims Commission Record, 1848-1965, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.247; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Scope and Contents note

A majority of the collection consists of copies of legal documents brought before the Indian Claims Commission. Commission documents include petitions, reports, findings of facts, amendments, opinions, orders, and appeals. Also included are policies, draft reports, O’Marr correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and copies of historic acts and treaties.
Series II deals predominately with California Indian groups, however, there is a small portion that pertains to groups in Nevada.

Processing history

Processed by Anna Liza Posas, 2007. Additional processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


Series; Organized into three series; divided by case or subject and then arranged alphabetically by tribal name and then by date.
Series I: General policy documents and correspondence
Series II: Indians of California claims Sub-series I: Appeals Sub-series II: Claims Sub-series III: Newspaper clippings Sub-series IV: Rules and acts documents
Series III: Non-California Indian claims Sub-series I: Claims and appeals of individual tribes or nations includes legal documents involving individual tribes, nations, or bands. Some claims for one group could include multiple docket numbers Sub-series II: Claims and appeals for combined tribes or nations includes a single case with multiple docket numbers, plaintiffs, and petitioners listed. This sub-series is arranged alphabetically by the tribal name first listed on the claim


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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Cherokee Indians -- Claims
Court dockets
Creek Indians -- Claims
Crow Indians -- Claims
Dakota Indians -- Claims
Delaware Indians -- Claims
Legal documents
Miami Indians -- Claims
Mohave Indians -- Claims
Nez Percé Indians -- Claims
Northern Paiute Indians -- Claims
Omaha Indians -- Claims
Seminole Indians -- Claims
Shoshoni Indians -- Claims
Southern Paiute Indians -- Claims


Series I: General policy documents and correspondence, 1952-63

Physical Description: Box 2

Series II: Indians of California, 1848-1962

Physical Description: Box 1

Sub-Series I: Appeals

Scope and contents

Appeals docket no. 2-16 documents and reports:
“Brief for the Appellant, the United State” June 1, 1961
“Memorandum in opposition to motion of the Mohave Tribe of Indians, et. al., for leave to file motion to dismiss appeals” September 29, 1961
“Brief of the Indians of California as appellees on certain issues and as appellants on other issues (Part I, p 1-177)” [no date]
“Brief of the Indians of California as appellees on certain issues and as appellants on other issues (Part II, p 178-245)” [no date]
“Supplement 1 to brief of Indian of California part I (pp. 1-197)” [no date]
“Supplement 1 to brief of Indian of California part II (pp. 198-299)” [no date]
“Supplement 2 to brief of Indian of California—illustrative maps” [no date]
“Reply to brief of the Indians of California in response to brief of the United States filed April 27, 1962, and to briefs of so-called tribal claimants” August 31, 1962
Appeals docket no. 9, May 6, 1952

Sub-Series II: Claims

Scope and contents

Indians of California; Docket 31; 1948-1956 Indians of California; Docket 37; 1948-1949 Pitt River Indians of California; Docket 347; 1959 Indians of California; Docket 31; 1954-1961 Indians of California (Includes article, “Kroeber and the Indian Claims Commission Cases” by Omar C. Steware) Indians of California; Docket 31; 1959 Indians of California; Docket 37 Baron Long (Mission Indians); Docket 80 Yokiah Tribe; Docket 176 Yana Tribe of Indians; Docket 215 (Shasta), Stanley W. Miller; Docket 333 Draft reports Indians of California; Docket 31; 1953-1958 Indians of California; Docket 37 Baron Long (Mission Indians); Docket 80 Northern Paiute Nation; Docket 87 Southern Paiute Nation; Docket 88 Yokiah Tribe; Docket 176 Yana Tribe of Indians; Docket 215 Colorado River Tribes; Docket 283 Washoe Tribe, Nevada & California; Docket 288 Mohave Tribe; Docket 295 Quechan Tribe of Fort Yuma; Docket 319 Reservation Morongo Band of Mission Indians; Docket 325 Southern Paiute Nation; Docket 330 (Shasta), Stanley W. Miller; Docket 333 Pitt River Indians of California; Docket 347 Chemehuevi Tribe; Docket 351

Sub-Series III: Newspaper clippings, 1963


Sub-Series IV: Rules and act documents

Scope and contents

“An act to ascertain and settle the private Land Claims in the State of California.” March 3, 1851
“Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo”, mimeograph copy, 1848

Series III: Non-California Indian claims

Physical Description: Box 2

Sub-Series I: Claims and appeals for individual tribes or nations

Scope and contents

Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma; Docket 226; 1966 Cherokee Nation; Docket 173; 1961 Cherokee Nation; Docket 190; 1963 Chickasaw Nation; Docket 268; 1962 Creek Nation; Docket 167; 1963 Creek Nation; Docket 168; 1963 Creek Nation; Docket 276; 1965 Crow Tribe of Indians; Docket 54,Appeals number 1-59; 1954-62 Delaware Tribe; Docket 337; 1961 Delaware Tribe, Absentee; Docket 241; 1959 Delaware Tribe; Docket 27-A Duwamish Tribe; Docket 109; 1962 Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska; Docket 135; 1963 Kiowa, Comanche & Apache; Docket 32; 1955-1959 Miami Tribe; Docket Appeals no. 2-58; 1959 Miami Tribe; Docket Appeals no. 2-59; 1960 Miami Tribe; Docket 67 (consolidated), 124, 314, 337; 1960 Miami Tribe; Docket 67, 124 consolidated; 1965 Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, et. Al; Docket 18-B; 1960-1965 Nez Perce; Docket 180-A; 1959 Nez Perce Tribe; Docket 175-A; 1959-1960 Northern Arapaho Tribe; Docket 329-D; 1963 Omaha Tribe of Nebraska; Docket 225; 1959 Omaha Tribe of Nebraska; Docket 225 (consolidated); 1960 Ottawa; Docket 303; 1960-62 Northern Paiute Nation; Docket 87; 1961 Pawnee Tribe; Docket 10, Appeals No. 7-61; 1960-1961 Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma; Docket 65; 1962 Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma; Docket 322 Pueblo de Cochiti; Docket 136; 1958-1959 Pueblo de Pecos; Docket 174; 1959 Pueblo of Isleta; Docket 211; 1954-59 Pueblo of Zia; Docket 137; 1962 Quinaielt; Docket 242; 1962 Red Lake; Docket 18-B Sac and Fox Tribes; Docket 135-A; 1961 Seminole Nation; Docket 152; 1963 Seminole Nation; Docket 205, Appeals no 3-58; 1963 Seneca Nation; Docket 342-A; 1962 Tonawanda Band of Seneca; Docket 368-A Seneca Nation; Docket 342-H, 1963 Shoshone Tribe; Docket 326; 1962 Shoshone Nation or Tribe; Docket 367 Sioux Tribe of Cheyenne; Docket 114; 1963 Sioux Tribe of Crow Creek Reservation; Docket 115 Sioux Tribe of Lower Brule; Docket 116 Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge Reservation; Docket 117 Sioux Tribe of Rosebud Reservation; Docket 118 Sioux Tribe of Standing Rock Reservation; Docket 119 Six Nations; Docket 344; 1963 Skokomish Tribe of Indians; Docket 296; 1959, 1961 Snoqualmie Tribe of Indians; Docket 93; 1960 Spokane Tribe; Docket 331; 1961 Steilacoom Tribe; Docket 208; 1962 Tee-Hit-Ton Indians, also referred to as Western (Old Settler) Cherokee; Docket 43; 1955 Yakima Tribe; Docket 161; 1963 Yakima Tribe; Docket 162; 1965

Sub-Series II: Claims and appeals for combined tribes or nations

Scope and contents

Red Lake Band; Docket 18-E; 1959 Ottawa & Chippewa of Michigan; Docket 58 Citizen Band of Potawatomi; Docket 146; 1964 Potawatomi Tribe; Docket 15-M Robert Dominic (Ottawa Chippewa); Docket 40-K Quileute Tribe; Docket 1955; 1962 Quinaielt Tribe of Indians; Docket 241 Sioux Tribe of Indians; Docket 74; 1965 Chippewa Cree Tribe; Docket 221-A Yankton Sioux Tribe; Docket 332-A Fort Berthold Reservation Tribes; Docket 350-B & C Red Lake; Docket 113; 1961 Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa; Docket 191 Little Shell Band of Chippewa; Docket 18-A