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

California superintendency,   pp. 399-415 PDF (7.4 MB)

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No. 1. Report of Elijah Steele, superintending agent for the northern district
of Califorhia, with exhibits aocompanying the same, numbered from one to
twelve inclusive. 
No. 2. Report of James W. Nye, governor and ex officio .superintendent of
Indian affairs of Nevada.** 
No. 3. Report of James D. Doty, superintendent of Indian affairs for Utah.
No. 4. Communication from John Evans, governor and ex officio superintend-
ent of Indian affairs of Colorado, submitting statement and correspondence
relative to anticipated Indian hostilities. 
No. 5. Report of Lorenzo Labadi, agent for Indians in New Mexico. 
No. 6. Report of Hon. Alexander Ramsay, of Minnesota, relative to the ne-
gotiation Of a treaty with the' Chippewas of Red lake and Pembina, and coun-
cil held with the Chippewas of the Mississippi.  I 
No. 1. 
SAN FRANCISCO, October 31, 1863. 
SIR: -I have the honor to report upon thi state of Indian affairs in the
district of California, as they appear to me upon a personal investigation
Immediately after forwarding my report of 27th of September, I proceeded
to make a tour of the reservation, taking with me a clerk to enable me to
a full and careful ifiventory of the property on hand, and to take a census
of the 
Indians on the several reservations. I proceeded first to Nome-Lacke reserva-
tion, on the western verge of the Sacramento valley, where I found a few
Indians scattered in single families, dependent upon their white neighbors
the acorn crops for subsistence. There was no one in charge of the reservation.
The buildings are fast going to ruin, the fences gone, and the fine fruit
which was on the place entirely destroyed. There had been a man in charge,
who had put up about sixty -tons df hay, as I was informed by a neighbor,
he had been taken sick, and was removed for medical care, and not having
ceived any pay from my predecessor, he had removed and sold the hay. There
was nothing I could find that I could- receipt for, but I am advised by a
man residing near there that there are quite a number of fat cattle belonging
the reservation running upon the plains, which I have employed him to look
and take charge of, his pay to depend upon his success in finding. 
On Monday, the 5th of October, I started over the mountain for Nome-Cult
(Round Valley) reservation. I found the mountains very high and precipitous
and the trail a very hard one to travel  The evening of the 6th instant I
arrived at Round Valley headquarters, and found everything in a state of
On passing over the trail, I passed over sixty siek Indians and squaws at
different watering places, who had been left at the "Mountain House
tain Starr, on his passage with the Indians from Butte-county to the reservation.
I examined their condition; found Mr. Eddy, who had been appoined by ' r.
Hanson*as special age1V with them, attending as well as he could to their

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