Supreme Court upheld the government's application of allotment and plenary
power over the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache reservation. Starting with the
General Allotment Act, known as the Dawes Act of 1887, Clark develops a care-
ful narrative of the Kiowa's legal battle. In eleven brief chapters, with appendices
of the Medicine Lodge Treaty, Jerome Agreement to allot land, and the Lone
Wolf case, this successful study also includes an impressive bibliography, four
maps, and nine photographs.
Robert Nordhaus has produced an account of the legal history of the Jicarilla
land claim case in a brief and well-organized work of eleven chapters. Lacking
legal analysis and historical methodology, the book is meant to introduce lay
readers to the case, although Nordhaus includes ethnographical and limited
archeological data in setting the case in context. The case, which eventually
resulted in a victory for the Jicarilla Apache, has a long history; Nordhaus is an
attorney who worked on the case for twenty-three years. Among the book's
strengths are the eight maps, nine charts, and twenty-one photographs.
Despite the increasing number of works on Native American history, much
work remains to be done, and Nordhaus and Clark remind us that land contin-
ues to be a major source of conflict between the Indian nations and the United
States government. For readers interested in American Indian land history,
Indian policy, and tribal history, these two works are important, and will doubt-
less become standard reference works.
Western Michigan University DONALD L. FIxico
To the Royal Crown Restored: The Journals of Don Diego de Vargas, New Mexico,
1692-1694. Edited by John L. Kessell. (Albuquerque: University of New
Mexico Press, 1995. Pp. 612. Preface, glossary, index. $32.50.)
The legacy of Don Diego de Vargas continues in this, the third of a projected
six volumes from the University of New Mexico's Vargas Project. These books
represent the publication of the collected, translated, and annotated works of
one of New Mexico's best-known historical figures. The editor of this volume,
John L. Kessell, continues to aspire to and achieves the highest standards of
scholarship. His contribution to Southwestern colonial history is as valuable as
anything that has been published in recent years.
This volume is the story of the beginning of the resettlement of New Mexico
thirteen years after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. In 1692 Vargas, the recently
appointed governor and captain general of New Mexico, completed a peaceful
military expedition into New Mexico, a description of which is included.
The story continues in El Paso, where Vargas plans and prepares for the 1693
entrada, and ends in the aftermath of the bloody siege of Santa Fe. Vargas and
his subordinates needed to recruit people for the resettlement, and perhaps this
book's greatest contribution is the annotated examination of the recruitment
done in central Mexico of the "Velasco-Farfan" colonists as well as those return-
ing New Mexicans from the El Paso area.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 99, July 1995 - April, 1996. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101217/. Accessed November 26, 2014.