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Bancroft Library Roundtable: Native Claims Across Nations: Indigenous Land Ownership in Mexican and U.S. California, 1840-1860

Lecture | November 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

Julia Lewandoski, doctoral candidate, History, UC Berkeley

Bancroft Library

The vast majority of indigenous Californians never received land promised to them after Mexico secularized California's missions in 1834. Julia Lewandoski will discuss those who did receive grants in the 1840s. After California became a U.S. state in 1850, these indigenous proprietors had to confirm title to their lands with the U.S. Board of Land Commissioners. Drawing primarily on The Bancroft Library's California land case files, Ms. Lewandoski traces the stories of indigenous individuals, families, and communities who used two settler legal systems to gain and keep land during this chaotic period.