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Modoc war of 1872

Saturday, April 14, 2018 4:00
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The Modoc were Western Indians, formerly inhabiting a portion of the present State of Oregon. They were closely related to the Klamath tribe.

By 1864 the white settlers were coveting their lands and they were induced to give up their reservation and unite with the Klamath. They soon became dissatisfied with their new location and longed to return to their former reservation.

The refusal of the Federal authorities to permit their return, resulted in the Modoc war of 1872 which lasted about a year and terminated in the defeat and dispersion of the Indians.

At the close of this war some of the Modoc wandered back to Oregon and the remaining members of their greatly depleted band were brought to Indian Territory and were given a tract of 3,966 acres of land bordering the State of Missouri and adjoining the Peoria on the South.

This land has been allotted to their individual members, about forty in number, most of whom still reside in that vicinity.


Modoc people – Wikipedia

The Modoc are a Native American people who originally lived in the area which is now northeastern California and central Southern Oregon. They are currently divided between Oregon and Oklahoma and are enrolled in either of two federally recognized tribes, the Klamath Tribes in Oregon and theModoc Tribe of …

Oregon‎: ‎600

Oklahoma‎: ‎200

History/Photos – Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma


The ancestral home of the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, or Captain Jack’s Band of Modoc Indians, consisted of over 5,000 square miles along what is now the California-Oregon border. On the west loomed the perennially snow-capped peaks of the majestic Cascade Mountains; to the east was a barren wasteland of alkali flats …

Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma


Under the leadership of Chief Bill G. Follis the Modoc Tribe has established numerous programs. Ventures include: Red Cedar Recycling, The Stables Casino, and reintroduction of a bison herd as a part of the Tribe’s economic development plan. The Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma is a federally recognized Indian Tribe 

Modoc War – Wikipedia


The Modoc War, or the Modoc Campaign (also known as the Lava BedsWar), was an armed conflict between the Native American Modoc people and the United States Army in northeastern California and southeastern Oregon from 1872 to 1873.

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