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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1863

Nevada superintendency,   pp. 391-392 PDF (735.7 KB)

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In regard to furnishing markets for the Indians, as is suggested in your
no specific action can be had until a further report is received from you,
ing more fully your reasons therefor, and for What Indians they are intended.
You are not authorized to make treaties, excet when especially empowered
to do so. In cases, however, where, in your judgmeit, treaties can be made
vantageously, and a necessity therefor exists upon a report of the facts
by you 
to this office, the necessary authority will be given, should it appear advisable
to make such treaties. 
There being no specific appropriation for salaries of agents in Arizona,
such, none can be appointed at present. The change of the territorial bounda-
ries may include within the present Territory of Arizona some of the agencies
in New Mexico, and in view of this I would suggest that you communicate with
Superintendent Steck, of New Mexico, with a view, if such be the case, that
one or more of the agents under his direction be transferred to the service
your superintendency. Should it be necessary to employ persons for special
service, you are at liberty to do so, reporting the same to this office for
its ap- 
proval, and paying -for such service out of moneys in your hands applicable
In order to secure the Indians against encroachments from the whites, it
desirable that the reservations be selected and defined as early as practicable.
So soon as this is done you will be able to adopt effective measures to prevent
intrusion by the whites upon the reservations, and if necessary you can call
your aid the troops of th &nited States stationed at the nearest pQint..
it is extremely difficult to prevent intrusion ly the whites upon the unceded
territory of Indians, especially in those localities possessing rich mineral
it is the duty of the government to protect the Indians against such intrusions
upon their reservations. This protection can and should be afforded to the
lest extent. 
You will, of course, report to this office from time to time upon the condition
of affairs within your superintendency, and should you at any time require
ditional instructions, they will be furnished upon your application. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
W. P. DOLE, 
Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Arizona. 
(Care of William T. Coleman & Co., No. 70 Wall street, New York.) 
No. 234. 
Carson City, July 2, 1863. 
SIR: In making to you a quarterly report, I can only give you my views of
the condition of the Indians and their prospects. 
Nothing of importance has been done for the Indians until Mr. Lockhart's
recent return from Washington. He is now preparing to teach the Indians to
cultivate their reservations. 
They are peaceable, quiet, able, and willing to learn to work like white
They voluntarily about our towns seek for work. 
Very little outlay is needed for gratuities of any kind to the Indians, and
presents of anything but food and clothing are worthless for any purpose.

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