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

Northern superintendency,   pp. 475-477 PDF (1.1 MB)


Page 475

NORTHERN SUPERINTENDENCY. 
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being no wheat sown, and the corn was mostly destroyed by blackbirds, which
are very troublesome. 
There were about five hundred bushels of oats secured, three hundred of pota.
toes, and a fair supply of other vegetables, also some" forty tons of
hay put up. 
The prospects of this farm the present season are more flatterjng, there
being 
of wheat thirty acres, of oats twenty-five acres, rye three acres, corn eight
acres, 
potatoes three acres, all of which promise well, There has been during the
past year svme thirty thousand feet of logs (exclusive of what the Indians
have 
done) furnished at the mill, which having been sawed, a portion of it has
been 
delivered at the shops for shop use, &c., the balance delivered at the
agency and 
farm for necessary purposes. The increase of stock, of horses, cattle, sheep,
has 
been usually fair, as previous reports will show. 
Very respectfully, yours, 
H. C. THOMPSON, 
Superintendent of Farming at the Yakima Agency. 
A. A. BANCROFT, 
Indian Agent. 
NORTHERN SUPERINTENDENCY. 
CHIPPEWA, November 21, 1863." 
SIR: Since assuming the duties of my office, on the first of March last,
I have 
visited all the reservations upon which Indians are located, except the Mille
Lac reservation. The Indians have manifested no ill feelings during the season,
but have been gradually growing into their old state of good nature, which
ex- 
isted previous'to the disturbance of last year. So that now, since the payment,
a person who/has always lived among them writes me as follows: "It is
pleas- 
ing to me to be able to say with truth that I have never seen the Indians
so 
well pleased after their payment as we see them to-day. It puts me in mind
of 
thirty years ago, when the Indians had no suspicion of the white man, but
always met him with a smile on his face; so it has been since you left us.
I am 
really surprised, for it seems to me that they like and respect us all."
'Considerable feeling of jealousy existed in the early part of the season
among 
those Indians who did not go on to Washington against those who did, but
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think it has died away, and they have become reconciled to wait and see what
the government will do for them. If the treaty of March 11 could be carried
out in the spirit in which it was originally framed, I have no doubt it would
be 
the greatest step towards advancing these Indians. of anything that was ever
done for them or that could be done for them. 
There is sufficient land, if suitably cultivated, on the northern shore of
Leech 
lake and in its vicinity for.all of the mission Indians; and I believe the
treaty 
can be carried out with satisfaction to most of the Indians if the government
will adhere to the treaty as originally made; but if not, and the amendments
are 
insisted upon, the treaty is virtually a nullity. 
The payments which were made on the last of October and first of November
passed off quietly. 
The Mille Lac Indians hesitated to come to this place for payment for the
reason, as they alleged, that they were promised their payment at Mille Lac
by 
the Commissioner of Indian Affairs when at Fort Ripley, and when they were
in Washington last winter. 
I knew they had received a wrong impression, and having received no in-.
structions upon the matter previous to the calling of the Indians, and the
im- 
possibility of making a fair and just payment where a division is made, I
there- 


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