The Standley Code of the Choctaw Nation [Chocktaw Nation]. [Standley, James Stirman (1841-1904), Compiler]. Constitution, Treaties and Laws of the Chocktaw Nation Made and Enacted by the Chocktaw Legislature, 1887. Sedalia: Democrat Steam Print, 1887. 200, iv pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-3/4"). Recent period-style calf, blind fillets and red and black lettering pieces to spine, original endpapers retained, hinges mended. Moderate toning to text, occasional finger smudges to margins, light foxing and minor edgewear to a few leaves, light soiling and inkblots to endleaves, recent owner signatures to front pastedown and free endpaper. $1,500. * Known as the Standley Code, this was the final comprehensive compilation of Choctaw laws and legislation published before the passage of the Oklahoma Organic Act of 1890, which merged the Oklahoma and Indian territories into the State of Oklahoma. (Independent Choctaw government ended in 1906.) It contains texts of the constitution and an amendment of 1883, revised statutes and treaties with the United States of 1837, 1855 and 1866. Standley was a lawyer and newspaper publisher. "A latecomer (1873) from Mississippi, Standley had little Choctaw blood, but enough to establish tribal citizenship" (Hargrett). OCLC locates 13 copies, 4 in law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, LA County, Yale). Hargrett, A Bibliography of the Constitutions and Laws of the American Indians 140.
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