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Hidden History Revealed: Explore New York's Darker Past as Local Historian Investigates Shady History

A History of Native American Land Rights in Upstate New York (The History Press, 2016) on its way to becoming a reference for land claim cases.

Warsaw, NY, October 12, 2016 --( From the book blurb on the back cover, "A complex and troubled history defines the borders of upstate New York beyond the physical boundaries of its rivers and lakes. The United States and the state were often deceptive in their territory negotiations with the Iroquois Six Nations. Amidst the growing quest for more land among settlers and then fledgling Americans, the Indian nations attempted to maintain their autonomy. Yet state land continued to encroach the Six Nations. Local historian Cindy Amrhein takes a close and critical view of these transactions. Evidence of dubious deals, bribes, faulty surveys and coerced signatures may help explain why many of the Nations now feel they were cheated out of their territory."

Released in March of 2016, Amrhein’s new book is now carried in over 30 college/university libraries in 19 states including Columbia University, Princeton, Harvard, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Yale University Law School Library, according to

Editorial reviews:
"Now I understand better why I periodically read about highly contested claims even today in the Adirondack region.Reading the book has given me a better appreciation of the complexity of the matter." --Richard Frost, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

"Amrhein does an excellent job of organizing and laying out her information in a straight forward manner. I would recommend this book published by The History Press." --Alex Hamer, Indian Country Today

"Every elected official in the region should read this book, as should every student in the state, as it is important for the greater public to realize why there is so much frustration with those trying to claim land that was unlawfully removed." --Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door"

Author, abstractor, writer and county historian Cindy Amrhein provided Akwesasne community members with a critical insight into local (Hogansburg), as well as regional Iroquoian land negotiations in her book, A History of Native American Land Rights in Upstate New York" -- Karonhiaton, Indian Time

Available in paperback and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble, Amazon as well as other retail and online outlets.

About the Author:
Cindy Amrhein is the county historian for Wyoming County, New York. After working for ten years as a freelance abstractor for a title search company, Cindy Amrhein changed her focus to title searching only historic properties and Native American land. From 2004 to 2006 Cindy was a weekly columnist for a Native American newspaper in northern New York State, Akwesasne Phoenix Sundays (now out of print) under the pen name of HistorySleuth, the handle she still uses online.
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