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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1889

Reports of agents in Washington,   pp. 282-296 PDF (6.7 MB)

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A school should be built at this agency at once, with boarding facilities.
They should 
be no longer neglected. The Indians will send their children to school if
a school be- 
provided fbr them at their agency. Their children can not be accommodated
at the 
Uintah school, as that school is now overcrowded. They are not prepared to
send their 
children to the Grand Junction school at Colorado, for the reason that, during
troubles of 1887, I was officially notified by Congressman Symes. of Colorado,
and Gen- 
eral Reardon that any Ute Indian crossing the Colorado line would be shot
on sight. 
They requested me to so notify the Indians, which I did. - For this reason
the Indians 
are not willing to send their children off the reservation and into Colorado
to the school 
at Grand Junction. A school at this agency could be under the control of
Mr. A. M. 
Graves, the superintendent of the Uintah school. He could manage both of
th  m. The 
distance between them is but 35 miles, and frequent visits could be made.
When this Ouray school is built and in.running order the vrejudices against
children to Grand Junction will be overcope, and this school, with the Uintah
would act as feeders to the Colorado school& 
Freightinq.-Heretofore all igency Ireights were delivered to the agency from
railroad at Price Station by the contractors. This year all such freights
were hauled by 
these Indians for the first tine. In September last the first train of eighteen
wagons started out for that purpose. Since then they have been very eager
and anxious 
and will hereafter do all the freighting required here. They have broken
their horses 
fbr this work and are now well equipped for further service. 
Calt/e.-The few cattle issued the Indians from the Government herd were well
care of. An additional number have been issued during the past year. 
Cattle trespassers have given much trouble during th year. I haveserved notice
them to remove their cattle within a limited time. If the notice is not complied
with at 
the expiration ot the time I shall move on them. 
Ute c/aims. -There is a growing restlessness over the claims of these Indians
for loss 
of horses, cattle, sheep, etc., which were taken from them by the people
of Colorado in 
August, 1887. These claims amounted to over $30,000. They were sent by me
to the 
Indian Office at the time, and were submitted to Congress. The Indians have
very patiently awaiting the action of Congress. Nothing has been done. At
every visit 
to the agency they call my attention to this matter. 
Very respectfully, 
United States Indian Agent. 
August 15, 1889. 
SIR: In compliance with office circular dated July 1, 1889, I have the honor
to sub- 
mit my first annual report of the Colville Agency, comprising the Spokane,
Coeur d' Alene, 
and Colville Reservations. Having taken charge only on July 12, 1889, and
only a few 
days since ascertained that it would be necessary for me to make the report
in lieu of 
my predecessor, Mr. hickard D. Gwydir, it has not been possible for me to
collect the 
information necessary, as I have been unable during the short time since
taking charge 
of affairs to visit and inspect all the different tribes under my charge.
Hoping that ther 
honorable Commissioner will pardon my inability to make as complete report
as I would 
like, I will endeavor to make my calculations based upon facts and observations.
The tribes under my supervision occupyin the reservations are: the Colvilles,
and Lower Spokans, Lakes, Okonagans, San Puells, Joseph's band of Nez Perces,
band of Columbias, Calispels, and Coeur d'A15nes. 
The crops are not so good on the Coeur d'A!ne reservation this year, owing
to the very 
dry season, but will average with their white neighbors in that vicinity.
The Indians on 
the reservation number 501 men, women, and children, and are in a very prosperous
condition. They have a great many horses, cattle, and hogs, and have purchased
fine stallions this season, determining to improve their breed of horses.
This tribe is 
i    far ahead of any other belonging under this agency in civilized pursuits,
nearly all hay- 

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