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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1905
Part I ([1905])

Report concerning Indians in Wyoming,   pp. 380-384 PDF (2.1 MB)


Page 384

384     REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. 
These are very progressive Indians. They receive no aid from the Government
except a small ration issued to a few sick and indigent old people. 
Agriculture.-Farming is the principal occupation and, under the guidance
of 
our additional farmers, modern methods are being introduced. The principal
products are wheat, barley, oats, hay, vegetables, and fruit. The hay is
made 
principally from grain crops. A few small patches of alfalfa are grown, but
there is very little of this crop on account of lack of water for irrigation.
There 
are several mountain streams that could be diverted for irrigation purposes,
and 
this should be done while the reservation is still intact. Many Indians have
orchards that produce apples, peaches, and plums. This industry could be
ex- 
tended. Stock raising is an important industry, but the horses and cattle
are 
generally poor grade. Much improvement could be made by selling off the sur-
plus ponies and investing the proceeds in good stock. 
Land.-In 1896 the land on this reservation was allotted to the extent of
140,696 acres. Many of these allotments were selected without regard to their
adaptability to agriculture, but because the map showed that they joined
the 
allotment of some relative or friend. Numerous Indians are now anxious to
change their allotments, and should be allowed to do so in all cases where
they 
have received poor land. No land has ever been leased here and, although
nearly one-third of the original allottees are dead, no inherited land has
ever 
been sold, as there is a strong sentiment against such action. Grazing permits
for cattle and sheep were issued during the year from which a revenue of
$693 
was derived. 
Missionaries.-The United Presbyterian Church has two missionaries and a 
field matron here. They have three church buildings, and appear to be doing
good work. 
School.-This school has a well-equipped plant of sufficient capacity to accom-
modate all children of the reservation. The buildings are frame, constructed
in 
1896, and are in good condition, except needing paint and minor repairs.
There 
are good water and electric light plants and sewer system in connection with
the school. A new barn is being built, and the old one will be remodeled
and 
converted into a dairy barn. It appears that good work has been done in this
school, but no attempt will be made to give a detailed report. 
CLAUDE C. COVEY, 
Superintendent and Special Disbursing Agent. 


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