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

Utah superintendency,   pp. 419-420 PDF (859.7 KB)


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UTAH SUPERINTENDENCY. 
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one hand red with reluctantly shed blood, stretches out the other with kindness
over the long-lineglected savage for his redemption. It cannot fail to be
a source 
of great personal satisfaction to those whokave an agency in this great work.
All of which is most respectfully submitted. 
JAMES W. NYE, 
"             Governor and Ex-oftcio Superintendent of Indian 
Afthirsfor the Territory of Nevada. 
Hon. WM. P. BOLE, 
Commis-sioner of Indian Afairs. 
UTAH SUPERINTENDENCY. 
No. 3. 
SUPERINTENDENCY OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, 
Utah Territory, Great Salt Lake City, October 24, 1863. 
SIR: In compliance with the regulations of the Indian department, I have
the honor to present the following annual report for the year 1863. Its earlier
transmission was impractitable, having been engaged in the performance of
my 
duties ts commissioner to treat with the Shoshonees until this date. 
I beg leave to refer to the.annual stimate for this superintendency which
was 
submitted last year as proper for the coming year, and also to respectfully
recom- 
mend that the goods for presents, farming implements, &c., be purchased
in, New 
York and shipped as early as practicable in the spring, as it is difficult
to obtain 
them in this city, and only at extravagant prices. 
Several of the Utah bands are both willing and desirous to become settled,
as 
herdsmen or husbandmen, on the Uinta reservation. It is now unoccupied, ex-
cept for hunting during the winter. It would be advantageous to the govern-
inent to comply with their wishes, and it is again suggested that treaties
be made 
with them for their removal and location there. They would then be withdrawn
from the present routes of travel through this Territory, and peace insured
here- 
after with a people strongly inclined to agricultural pursuits, but who have,
from unknown causes, at several times this season, attacked the stages and
killed 
the drivers. 
Their friendship.cannot be relied upon whilst they are in the immediate vi-
cinity of the white settlements; and for this as well as other reasons it
is believed 
that all expenditures upon the farm at Spanish Fork are a waste of public
money; 
that tthe farm ought to be abandaned, and the agency removed to Uinta valley,
where all improvements made would have a permanent value. The inhabitants
at Spanish Fork, as also in other quarters, for their own security against
depre- 
dations, seek to maintain friendly relations with the Indians, as in previous
years 
the government has not been able to give them adequate protection. 
During the year 1862 and the winter months of this year many of the Indians
in this superintendency manifested decided evidences of hostility toward
the 
whites. The numerous murders and depredations upon property which they com-
mitted, as also their language, indicated a determination to stop all travel
upon 
the overland routes and upon theroads leading to the gold mines in Idaho
Terri- 
tory. It became unsafe even for the Mormon settlers to go into the cailons
for 
wood; and the Bannack prophet said the Indians would combine and drive the
white men from the country. This was his advice to the Shoshonee bands. 
The battle with the Shoshonees on the bank of Bear river in January, and
the 
subsequent engagements with the Utahs on Spanish Fork, and with the Goaships
in their country, effectually checked them, and severely and justly punished
them for the wanton acts of cruelty which they had committed. The fight on
a 


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