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

Oregon superintendency,   pp. 48-88 PDF (17.2 MB)

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48                  OREGON SUPERINTENDENCY. 
No. 232. Communication from Charles D. Poston, superintendent for Arizona,
relative to Indian affairs in that Territory. 
No. 233. Letter to Superintendent Poston, giving instructions relative to
No. 234. Letter from Orion Clemens, acting governor of Nevada, of July 2,1863.
No. 235. Letter fron&J. T. Lockhart, agent, relative to the Pahute Indians.
No. 236. Letter from J. D. Doty, superintendent for Utah, relative to the
Ute Indians. 
No. 237. Letter from same relative to the Indians in Utah. 
No. 238. Letter from same relative to treaty with the Shoshonees. 
No. 239. Letter from same reporting details of his northern expedition among
the Indians. 
No. 240. Report of A. A. Bancroft, agent for the Yakimas, in Washington 
No. 241. Report of H. C. Thompson, farmer for the Yakimas. 
No. 242. Tabular statements of Indian trust funds, numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, and
No. 243. Statement of liabilities to the Indian tribes under treaty stipulations.
No. 244. Statement of population, wealth, education, and agriculture among
the different Indian tribes. 
No. 1. 
Salem, Oregon, September 12, 1863. 
SIR: In reporting upon the condition of the Indian tribes in this superin-
tendency for the past year, I shall confine myself to general statements
as to 
their condition and progress, suggesting such changes as appear necessary
judicious, and refer you to the reports of agents and subordinates, which
herewith transmitted, for details. 
The relations of peace and amity which existed, at 'the date of the last
annual report, with those tribes-with whom treaties have been made, have
maintained uninterrupted during the last year. This is due in part to the
efficient assistance rendered by the military, but more, I think, to the
made by the Indians themselves in civilization, and the growing tendency
which they exhibit to abandon their savage habits, and depend upon agriculture
for their subsistence. 
Since taking charge of the affairs of this superintendency, on the first
April last, I have visited all of the reservations, conferred with the agents,
endeavored to thoroughly inform myself as to the condition and wants of the
various tribes. In order to do this, I have been compelled to travel more
two thousand miles, a large part of which has been done on horseback. 
My first efforts were directed towards securing the return of the large number
of Indians who had escaped from the reservations, and were infesting the
settlements. From the citizens of Willamette valley, in particular, complaints
numerous and loud were received, of these stragglers, and I therefore directed
the several agents to promptly arrest all Indians absent without special
mission, to return them to the reservations, and endeavor to prevent their
in the future. 

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