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On Friday Nov.

Indians gathered in the school room to have petition read, and to sign it.  This petition set forth that [[strikethrough]] this [[/strikethrough]] follows -

"Omaha Reserv. Nebraska
Nov. 16, 1881.

To the Honorable Senate of the United States.  

Your petitioners, Omaha Indians, desire to present to your body the following facts.  The Winnebago Indians some years since were located by the Government far up the Missouri river where they endured much suffering & came hear dying of starvation.  In their distress, they came to the Omaha Tribe, who divided with them what they had during the winter, supposing they would be cared for or returned to their own land in the Spring.  When the Spring came, propositions were made to us to sell them part of our land.  The Omaha's considering the hard condition of the Winnebagoes reluctantly consented to sell to them a piece of land lying along the Northern line of their reserve as indicated in the following diagram.
 
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