The Morrill Act, which shares a namesake with Morrill Hall, provided Cornell with significant early funding through land grants at the cost of the original inhabitants of that land.

Cornell’s Land Grant Heritage: A Sinister Tradition?

almost 1 million acres of dispossessed American Indian land, sold to form the basis of Cornell’s endowment — a sum of almost $6 million by 1914, equivalent to $150 million today.
The sale of almost 1 million acres of dispossessed American Indian land formed the basis of Cornell’s endowment — a sum of almost $6 million by 1914, equivalent to $150 million today.