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1861-68 Pottawatomie Treaty
The land that was used to start the Atchison & Topeka Railroad was from a treaty made with the Pottawatomie
Indians on November 15, 1861. This land was to be used for the interests of the Leavenworth Pawnee &
Western Railroad to run a line through Leavenworth City but the grant had a clause that the land be used for
this purpose by 1867. The Leavenworth Pawnee & Western Railroad never purchased the land and a new treaty
was made with the Pottawatomie Indians on February 27, 1867 and was amended by the Senate in an Executive
Session on July 25, 1868 which would allow the Atchison & Topeka Railroad to purchase the land.
Pottawatomie Treaty
November 15, 1861   pg 1194
Pottawatomie Treaty
November 15, 1861   pg 1193
Pottawatomie Treaty
November 15, 1861   pg 1192
Pottawatomie Treaty
November 15, 1861   pg 1195
Pottawatomie Treaty
November 15, 1861   pg 1196
Pottawatomie Treaty
November 15, 1861   pg 1197
Pottawatomie Treaty
November 15, 1861   pg 1191
November 15, 1861
Land Cessions   pg 825
Description of cession or reservation:
A portion of their reserve to be held in common. The lands set apart for the "rest of the tribe," known as the
Prairie band of Pottawatomies, are as follows:
Secs. 25, 26, 35, and 36 of T. 7 S., R. 13 E.; secs. 25 to 36, both inclusive, of T. 7 S., R. 14 E.; secs. 28 to 33,
both inclusive, of T. 7 S., R. 15 E.; secs. 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, and 36, T. 8 S., R. 13 E.; all of T.
8 S., R. 14 E.; secs. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and 33, T. 8 S., R. 15 E.; secs. 1, 2,
11, 12, 13, and 14, T. 9 S., R. 13 E.; secs. 1 to 18, both inclusive, of T. 9 S., R. 14 E.; secs. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17,
and 18, T. 9 S., R. 15 E., containing 77,357.67 acres. Of this amount of land 28,229.24 acres have been allotted
to 265 members of the band under the general allotment act of Feb. 8, 1887 (24 Stat., p. 388).

A portion of their reserve to be allotted in severalty to individuals.
A portion of their reserve to be sold to the Leavenworth, Pawnee and Western Railroad Company.
Historical data and remarks:
This is the tract now known as the Pottawatomi reserve in Kansas and is occupied by those commonly termed
the "Prairie band of Pottawatomi."

The portion to be sold to the railroad company comprised all that should be left of the original reserve after
the "reserve in common" should be set apart and after the individual allotments should have been made out of
the remainder. The individual allotments were sold from time to time by the allottees, who became citizens of
the U. S., but who afterward, on their own petition, were assigned a reserve as Indians in Indian Territory.

Source:
United States Statutes at Large
Volume XII  November 1861
Sections #433 and #434 on the
Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad yards
and shops in Topeka, Kansas. The
remainder of the land, excluding
land used for actual trackage and
right of way for the railroad was
sold to finance the railroad.

See notes below for a more
detailed description of treaty.

Bottom:
1861 Sectional Map of
Pottawatomie Land in Kansas
Background:
1861 Kansas Map
Pottawatomie Indian Land