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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1892
([1892])

Reports of agents in Washington,   pp. 487-511 PDF (12.8 MB)


Page 487

REPORTS OF AGENTS IN         WASHINGTON.               487 
Uncompahgres       ----------------------------------------1,001 
White Rivers3-------------------------------------------3 
Mixed bloods     --------------------------------------------2 
Number of children of school age             ---------          310 
Males     ---------------------------------------------172 
Females      -------------------------------------------138 
Very respectfully, 
ROBERT WAUGH9 
T. S. Indian Agent. 
The COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
REPORTS OF AGENTS IN WASHINGTON. 
REPORT OF COLVILLE AGENCY. 
COLVILLE INDIAN AGENCY, WASH., Auqust 26, 1892. 
SIR: In compliance with instructions contained in circular letter from the
honorable Commissioner of Indian Affairs, under date of June 23, 1892, I
have 
the honor to submit herewith my fourth annual report in reference to the
affairs 
pertaining to this agency. 
The Indians connected with this agency and living on the Colville, Spokane,
and Coeur d'Alene reservations are composed of the following tribes or bands:
Cceur d'Aldnes, Lower Spokanes, Lakes, Colvilles, Okanagans, Columbias, 
Joseph's Band of Nez Perces, Nespilems, and the San Puells. The Calispels
and 
Upper Spokanes are under the charge of this agency, although thoy do not
at 
present live on any reservation. The following table gives the number of
In- 
dians by tribes attached to the agency: 
tChildrenPersons 
Males Females C       not 0th I 
Name of tribe.             above  above betw     erwise Total. 
14 ]6 and 16erieTtl 
18 years. 14 years. years.  em 
ated. 
Cceur d'Alene . .    .    .    ..----------------------------------  138
 157  58  74  427 
Lower Spokane.   .     .     ..--------------------------------- 132  150
 91  70  443 
Lake ------------------------------------------------  120  117  73  42 
352 
Colville ------------------------------------------  108  90  64  39    301
Okanogan..      .    ..-------------------------------------112135  104 
54  405 
Columbia.  .    .    .    .   ..-------------------------------------- 139
 150  69  32  390 
Nez Percs -----------------------------------------  43  65  16  14    138
Nespilem.   .   .   .   ..--------------------------------------2422  10
 6  62 
San Puells*..    .   .    .    ..------------------------------------  135
 165--------------------300 
Calispel* -----------------------------------------  80  120 ---------- ----------
200 
Upper Spokane*.    .      ..---------------------------------  75  95--------------------170
Total...      .  ...       ..-----------------------------------1,106  1,266
 485  331  31188 
* Estimated. 
Agriculture.-Agricultural pursuits are observable among these Indians, as
many of them have enlarged their fields by inclosing more land, thus increas-
ing the acreage already under fence and cultivation. Several new farms have
been opened during the past year. The Coeur d'Alene tribe has had a very
large acreage of new land fenced and broken during the past spring, which
they intend to sow in grain during the coming fall and winter. Among tle
different tribes of Indians under my charge, the Coeur d'Aldnes take the
lead 
in farming and agricultural pursuits, and they will compare favorably with
the 
white farmers of that section of the country. There are only a limited number
of Indians living on the different reservations who do not live in houses,
and 
nearly all dress in citizen's dress. 
Joseph's band of Nez Perces are about the only exception to this rule. They
appear to be particularly fond of gathering in the Indian village and living
in 
their tepees the greater portion of the year. Although many of them have
comfortable houses, but few occupy them. A number of these Indians wear 
blankets, notwithstanding the fact that the Government furnishes them full
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