A History of Native American Land Rights in Upstate New York

By Cindy Amrhein

General non-fiction, Current affairs, Law & finance | Paperback, eBook


A complex and troubled history defines the borders of upstate New York beyond the physical boundaries of its rivers and lakes. The United States and the state were often deceptive in their territory negotiations with the Iroquois Six Nations. Amidst the growing quest for more land among settlers and then fledgling Americans, the Indian nations attempted to maintain their autonomy. Yet state land continued to encroach the Six Nations. Local historian Cindy Amrhein takes a close and critical view of these transactions. Evidence of dubious deals, bribes, faulty surveys and coerced signatures may help explain why many of the Nations now feel they were cheated out of their territory.



Cindy Amrhein lives in Wyoming County, NY where she served as Assistant County Historian since 2007, and became County Historian in June of 2015. She frequently publishes in the historian's quarterly "Historical Wyoming." After working for ten years as a freelance abstractor for a title search company, Cindy changed her focus to title searching only historic properties and Native American land. From 2004 to 2006 Cindy was a weekly columnist for a Native American newspaper in northern New York State, "The Akwesasne Phoenix Sundays" (now out of print) under the pen name of HistorySleuth, the handle she still uses online. She is a founding member of the Government Appointed Historians of Western New York. When she's not doing land research in the clerk's office or writing historical true crime, you can find her plotting out murder mysteries. She often posts snippets of her current writing on her blog http://historysleuth.blogspot.com/.


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Cindy Amrhein lives in Wyoming County, NY where she served as Assistant County Historian since 2007, and became County Historian in June of 2015. She frequently publishes in the historian's quarterly "Historical Wyoming." After working for ten years as a freelance abstractor for a title search company, Cindy changed her focus to title searching only historic properties and Native American land. ...


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14 June

Carried by over 20 college/university libraries across the US, according to daily updates by worldcat.org, including Columbia University, Oklahoma State, Texas A & M, and Yale University Law Library.

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2 April

"Amrhein does an excellent job of organizing and laying out her information in a straightforward manner. I would recommend this book published by The History Press."-- Indian Country Today

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22 March

"Now I understand better why I periodically read about highly contested claims even today in the Adirondack region. Reading the book has given me a better appreciation of the complexity of the matter."--Adirondack Daily Enterprise

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