Historic Photos Of Native Americans at the White House for Citizenship in the 1920s

The Indian Citizenship Act (also known as the Snyder) was passed in 1924, which granted full U.S. citizenship to the indigenous peoples including the Native American tribes. However, only a few tribes got the right to vote after the bill was passed, due to discriminatory state laws that used a variety of excuses to prevent members of tribes from fully exercising their rights.

The act was signed into law by President Calvin Coolidge on June 2, 1924. It was enacted partially in recognition of the thousands of Indians who served in the armed forces during World War I.

These historic photographs show the native Americans at the White House, with some of the leaders meeting with the American president, Calvin Coolidge, at the White House.

#1 President Calvin Coolidge with a group of Native Americans on the White House lawn.

#2 Native Americans at the White House in traditional dress, were only granted full US citizenship in 1924

#3 A group of Native American men wearing their traditional attire while raising the Stars and Stripes at the Lincoln Memorial

#4 President Coolidge with Native American tribes, 1924.

#6 Two Native American elders, dressed in traditional garb discussing policy with a member of President Coolidge’s staff.

#8 Native American men, women, and children in Washington D.C., to speak to President Coolidge. 1924

#9 These Native American women traveled to Washington DC in 1924 to celebrate the newly-signed Indian Citizenship Act.

#10 This Native American elder was photographed around 1925.

#11 This Native American woman, center is meeting US President Calvin Coolidge in 1923 in advance of the Indian Citizenship Act.

#12 Native Americans posing for group portrait in 1915.

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