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Eliza "Lyda" Conley
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Birth: 1874
Death: May 28, 1946

Attorney who fought the United States government when they attempted to confiscate land that had an indian burial ground of the Wyandotte tribe on it. The land which is in the middle of the downtown Kansas City, Kansas shopping area, is prime real estate. Her and her sister Helena moved into a small structure in the cemetery, locked the gate, and posted a sign, "Trespass at your Peril," as they guarded the cemetery with a shotgun. She became the first woman to plead a case in the Supreme Court. However, in 1909 the court upheld Congressís right to interpret the 1855 treaty differently and to sell the land. Her struggle drew the attention of Charles Curtiss, Senator from Kansas, himself a Kaw descendant. In 1913 he convinced Congress to repeal the sale. (Curtiss became U.S. Vice-President in 1929.) When she died in 1946, she was buried in Huron Cemetery, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Her sister Helena's grave marker bears the insription: Wyandotte national burying ground, "Cursed be the villian that molest their graves" 
Huron Indian Cemetery
Kansas City
Wyandotte County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Bill Walker
Record added: Jan 29, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6141270
Eliza Lyda Conley
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Eliza Lyda Conley
Added by: Bill Walker
Eliza Lyda Conley
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