DECISION FOR INDIANS-Leiah-Puc-Ka-Chee 1900
Posted By: Cheryl Locher Moonen (email)
Date: 3/26/2017 at 20:41:02
The Clinton Mirror
W. D. Eaton, Editor
Clinton, Iowa, January 13, 1900
DECISION FOR INDIANS
Judge Shiras handed down an opinion in Dubuque in the Indian case from the Tama County Reservation, in which the husband of Leiah-Puc-Ka-Chee asked for writ of habeas corpus to secure her releases from the Indian agent. The agent had had himself appointed guardian of the girl by the District Court of Tama County, and by virtue of the appointment restrained her against her will and compelled her to attend the Indian school. Her attorney claimed that the state had no authority over Indians; that the court could not appoint guardians; and that the agent had no authority to compel attendance at school. Judge Shiras sustains the Indians at every point, and censures the agent. He also severely censured the white people who interfered.
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