A tract of land reserved by the Government for Indians. the Government
adopted this policy in 1786, when it became necessary to settle boundary
disputes between Indians and colonists. Some tribes were given ownership
of the land by treaties and could dispose of it as they saw fit.
Today there are over 300 separate and distinct
areas of land in the United States which are occupied by Indian groups
and held in Federal trusteeship for the use and benefit of the Indians.
The largest reservation is that of the navajo in Arizona, Utah, and new
mexico, with 25,000 square miles, while in California there are some reservations
of only a square mile or two. The Pueblo Indians live on reservations
given under nineteen Spanish grants.
There are some small state reservations
in Maine, New York, Virginia, and South Carolina.
within this Site
Of Indian Affairs ][
Indian Reorganization Act ]
Territory ][ Oklahoma ]