The World's Richest Indian

The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune
Author(s): 
Thorne, Tanis C.
ISBN: 
0195182987
Date published: 
October 2005
Paperback
Price: 
£11.99

The first biography of Jackson Barnett, who gained unexpected wealth from oil found on his property. This book explores how control of his fortune was violently contested by his guardian, the state of Oklahoma, the Baptist Church, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and an adventuress who kidnapped and married him. Coming into national prominence as a case of Bureau of Indian Affairs mismanagement of Indian property, the litigation over Barnett's wealth lasted two decades and stimulated Congress to make long-overdue reforms in its policies towards Indians.