Land Areas Judicially Established 1978
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Indian Claims Commission
Claims Commission was established by Congress in 1946 to settle
land claim disputes between Indians and the U.S. Government. The
commission heard claims that had been filed prior to 1951 until
its expiration in September, 1978. Claims not adjudicated before
the commission expired were transferred to the U.S. Court of Claims.
Land Areas Judicially Established 1978 map was prepared by
the United States Geological Survey at a scale of 1:4,000,000, Albers
projection from information provided by the Indian Claims Commission.
The map portrays the results of cases before the commission in which
an Indian tribe proved its original tribal occupancy of a tract
within the continental United States. Each tract is outlined with
a solid black line. The number on each tract refers to the Indian
Land Area Map Index in the commissions final report.
A dashed line around an area indicates that the case was settled
before an exact area was defined. Adjacent tracts with the same
color indicate a tribal relationship. Otherwise, the coloring is
The map was
reissued by the United States Geological Survey in 1993. This map
was digitized by the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies to
a scale of 1:5845860 using a Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area Projection.
State, and county data were then added. Although better resolution
can be gained by viewing a the PDF version, users are urged to use
the Schedule of Indian Land Cessions 1784-1894 to search for specific information.