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Elisha Steele

Elisha Steele was a lawyer in northern California during the Modoc War from 1872-1873. A loose treaty he made with the Modoc Indians when he was Superintendent of Indian Affairs from 1863-1864 supposedly laid the foundation for the Modoc War eight years later. This treaty allowed the Modocs to remain in their home in the Lost River country of northern California rather than going to the Klamath reservation in Oregon [1989].