Advent of the New York Indians into Wisconsin
@ Wisconsin Historical Society
DescriptionSurveyor, journalist, and politician, Albert Ellis came to Wisconsin in 1822 as an advocate for the Oneida Indians. After accompanying an early group on their journey west, Ellis worked to negotiate land claims for the Oneida, Stockbridge, Brothertown (sometimes spelled Brotherton) and other eastern tribes in Wisconsin, including a protracted series of treaty negotiations with the Menominee Indians given here. Although he wrote this essay in a dispassionate voice, Ellis had in fact participated in most of the events he relates, and offers memories of Menominee chief Oshkosh, Eleazar Williams, and other principal actors. Ellis went on to publish the first newspaper in Wisconsin and to serve in a variety of public offices.
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