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The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Tanis C. Thorne


This is first biography of Jackson Barnett, the Native American who gained unexpected wealth from oil found on his property. The book explores how control of Barnett's fortune was violently contested by his guardian, the state of Oklahoma, the Baptist Church, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, among others. Barnett's case came to national prominence as an example of Bureau of Indian Affairs mismanagement of Indian property. Litigation over Barnett's wealth lasted two decades and stimulated Congress to make long-overdue reforms in its policies towards Indians. Highlighting the paradoxical role p ... More

Keywords: Jackson Barnett, State of Oklahoma, oil, Baptist Church, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian property, Congress, federal government, Indian policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195182989
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tanis C. Thorne, author
Sacramento State University
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