Shawnee Indian Agency

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Shawnee Indian Agency
Shawnee Indian Agency


The Shawnee Agency in Kansas was established in 1855 from the division of the Kansas Agency. The agency had headquarters in Westport, Missouri from 1855 to 1861, in Lexington, Kansas from 1861 to 1863, in De Soto, Kansas from 1863 to 1869, and in Shawnee and Olathe, Kansas from 1869 to 1871. By 1871, most of the Shawnee Indians living in Kansas had moved to Indian Territory and became attached to the Cherokee Agency, the Quapaw Agency, or the Sac and Fox Agency. The Shawnee Agency in Kansas was discontinued at the end of the year 1871, although some correspondence concerning the settlement of affairs in Kansas continued through 1876.

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Agents and Appointment Dates

Robert C. Miller 1855, William Gay 1855, Anselim Arnold 1856, Benjamin J. Newson 1858, James B. Abbott 1861, H.L. Taylor 1866, Reuben L. Roberts 1869


Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs from the Shawnee Agency, 1855-1876, have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M234, rolls 809-823. Copies are available at the National Archives and at the Family History Library and its family history centers.

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