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Nebraska v. Iowa
Citation:143 U.S. 359
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Iowa was admitted into the Union in 1846, and its western boundary, as defined by the act of admission, was the middle of the main channel of the Missouri River. Nebraska was admitted in 1867, and its eastern boundary was, likewise, the middle of the channel of the Missouri River. Between 1851 and 1877, near Omaha, there were massive changes in the course of the channel, such that in 1877 the Missouri River occupied a very different bed than in 1851. As a result, the plaintiff, Nebraska, sued the defendant, Iowa, to have the boundary line between the states determined.
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