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1. Dean, Brandon. "Certain Reservations Should Be Made for the White People in Our Country": Reevaluating Michikinikwa's Path from Warrior to Diplomat, 1795-1812.

Degree: MA, History, 2019, University of Akron

Generations of historians have discussed the Miami akima Michikinikwa’s pivotal role in the Northwest Indian War (1785-1795); however, the life of Michikinikwa following the 1795 Treaty of Greenville until his death in 1812 is a seventeen-year period that has drawn surprisingly little attention from recent historians. When written about, historians have interpreted Michikinikwa’s later years as a period of assimilation, accommodation, and capitulation. This thesis refutes that characterization through a careful reevaluation of known sources and suggests that the Miami leader was employing a diplomatic strategy aimed at retaining a degree of Native American autonomy vis-a-vis the American government. The intellectual inspiration for this argument hinges on Michikinikwa’s particularly fascinating 1802 statement to President Jefferson when referring to the Treaty of Greenville, “by the Treaty it was mentioned that certain reservations should be made for the white people in our country.” Seen through this lens, Michikinikwa’s path from Greenville until his death presents an opportunity to flip the traditional perspective of Native American history. While Americans may have been looking westward with ideas of territorial expansion, Native American leaders were turning their attention eastward and devising means of containing that expansion while securing their own future on their ancestral lands, as well as attempting to adjust to a rapidly changing political and economic world. Ultimately, this thesis concludes that Michikinikwa was seeking to use his diplomatic influence, as well as the terms of the Treaty of Greenville itself, to define, control, and limit white settlement while simultaneously advocating for and protecting Miami sovereignty. Advisors/Committee Members: Martino, Gina (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: History; Native Americans

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APA (6th Edition):

Dean, B. (2019). "Certain Reservations Should Be Made for the White People in Our Country": Reevaluating Michikinikwa's Path from Warrior to Diplomat, 1795-1812. (Masters Thesis). University of Akron. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=akron1564741493466128

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Dean, Brandon. “"Certain Reservations Should Be Made for the White People in Our Country": Reevaluating Michikinikwa's Path from Warrior to Diplomat, 1795-1812.” 2019. Masters Thesis, University of Akron. Accessed September 21, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=akron1564741493466128.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Dean, Brandon. “"Certain Reservations Should Be Made for the White People in Our Country": Reevaluating Michikinikwa's Path from Warrior to Diplomat, 1795-1812.” 2019. Web. 21 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Dean B. "Certain Reservations Should Be Made for the White People in Our Country": Reevaluating Michikinikwa's Path from Warrior to Diplomat, 1795-1812. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Akron; 2019. [cited 2019 Sep 21]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=akron1564741493466128.

Council of Science Editors:

Dean B. "Certain Reservations Should Be Made for the White People in Our Country": Reevaluating Michikinikwa's Path from Warrior to Diplomat, 1795-1812. [Masters Thesis]. University of Akron; 2019. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=akron1564741493466128

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