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THE FEDERAL INDIAN POLICY IN TEXAS, 1845-1846
LENA CLARA KOCH
THE INDIANS UNDER FEDERAL CONTROL
1. Transfer of the Indians to the Control of the Federal
Annexation Negotiations.-The Secretary of War, William L.
Marcy, wrote General Taylor, May 28, 1845, bearing testimony to
the fact that the United States accepted the guardianship of the
Texas Indians, and the protection of the state, in the event of
As soon as the Texas Congress shall have given its consent to
annexation, . . . Texas will then be regarded by the executive
government here as so far a part of the United States as to be
entitled from this government to defense and protection from for-
eign invasion and Indian incursions. The troops under your com-
mand will be placed and kept in readiness to perform this duty.
A special session of the Congres of the Republic gave its con-
sent to annexation June 23, 1845.3 Texas was admitted into the
Union by a joint resolution of both houses of Congress, signed by
President Tyler, March 1, 1845, and ratified by the Texans in
convention, July 4, 1845.4 This convention passed an ordinance
'30 Cong., 1 Sess., House Doe. No. 60, pp. 79-80.
'Wooten (editor) A Comprehensive History of Teas, II, 7-8.
'American Almanac, 1848, p. 293.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101087/. Accessed June 2, 2015.