Elana Krischer

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B.A., History, The College of Saint Rose

Social Sciences 060W


My research focuses on the conflict between Seneca leaders, Albany law makers, land speculation companies, and the federal government over Seneca territory in the early nineteenth century. I explore how the Seneca asserted their sovereignty and maintained land in New York State despite pressures to sell to private land companies. Because the changing landscape in western New York was altered by intersecting visions and conflicting sovereignties, I hope to shift the tensions over territory in the early national period from a contest between state and federal governments to a legally plural conflict. I am also currently working on a digital history project utilizing census data and georeferenced surveys of intended and actual land cessions to examine the relationship between white population pressures and the contestation of reservation boundaries.

Elana Krischer