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

Report of agent in Wyoming,   pp. 521-525 PDF (2.1 MB)


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REPORT OF AGENT IN WYOMING.                    521 
All these p-ople have received their cash annuity except a band of the Boise
Fortes living on the D  er Lake Reservation and another band living near
Nett 
Lake. The Deer Lake band has not received any of the payments due under the
treaty, nor has it assigned any reason for its failure to appear and accept
payment. 
The Nett Lake Indians failed to appear at Pelican Lake last February to re-
ceive its share of the annuity, claiming that it is entitled to payment at
Nett 
Lake. Under the order of the Indian Office. I offered them their pay at Pelican
Lake on the 11th of June. A number of thie leading Indians appeared but re-
fused to accept the money until it should be tendered to them at Nett.Lake.
They claim that the treaty of 1889 provided for paym -nt at Nett Lake. This
claim does not, however, appear to be sustained by the terms of the treaty.
Conclusion.-On a general survey of the situation it appears that the art
of ag- 
riculture has made commendable progress among these people, and a livelier
interest has been manifested in the education of their children in the schools.
In the lines of civilized industry they have developed a degree of interest
hitherto unknown among them. 
The prospect is decidedly encouraging to those who desire to see these Indians
relieved from the further guardianship of the National Government, the auton-
omy of the tribe destroyed, the individuals invested with all civil and political
rights, and absorbed in the community as citizens by the State and National
Government. 
The foregoing is respectfully submitted. 
M. A. LEAHY, 
U. , . Indian Agent. 
The COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
IEPORT OF AGENT IN WYOMING. 
REPORT OF SHOSHONE AGENCY. 
SHOSHONE AGENCY, WYO., 
Augu.st 24, 1892. 
SIR: In compliance with office instructions I have the honor to submit my
third annual report of the condition of the affairs of this agency. Nothing
of 
an unusual nature has passed during the year. The Indians have been contented
and more inclined to work and improve their ranches. They did not get any
seed last spring, and as a consequence have only a small acreage of grain
and 
garden vegetables planted. Some bought seed with their own funds, and their
grain and vegetables are loolcing well. 
Industries.-By authority of the War Department the post quartermaster at
Fort 
Washakie was authorized to purchase in open market, in all 1,600 cords of
wood from the Indians: which amount they have now delivered, receiving $5
per 
cord in pole lengths. They also delivered at this agency and school 125 cords
at 
the same price, the delivery being completed in one day. They have also deliv-
ered at Fort Washakie 250 tons of hay, for which they were paid $10per ton,
and 
30 tons for the agency,for which they received the same price, and have consid-
erable hay left which they are putting up for their own use. ,In addition
to  j 
this they have freighted their flour, 340,000 pounds, from Lander, distant
15 
miles, for which they were paid 15 cents Der 100 pounds, making a total earned
by them of $12,275. The principal part of this work was done since the 1st
of 
June. 
This money received by them for wood, hay, and freighting flour, enables
them to supply themselves with many of the necessaries of life which under
other circumstances they could not have done. Were it possible to have the
Indian freight forwarded to the railroad stations of Casper or Rawlins as
early 
as the grass is sufficiently grown in the spring to support their horses
they 
would freight it all to the agency before the close of the season in the
fall. I 
earnestly recommend that this he done and the freight given them next year.
Schoo.-The Government school at this agency has been successfully managed
by Superintendents Roberts and Lovejoy. Mr. R~oberts, on account of th  health
of his family, felt it to be his duty to resign the position of superintendent,
which 
he did On the 14th of October, 1891, after getting the school in good shape.
Dr. 


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