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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1855

[Central superintendency],   pp. 68-118 PDF (20.8 MB)

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young men, when out on a buffalo hunt, had taken from the Sioux. 
The chief requested I would return them to those Indians, which I 
immediately did; at the same time stating that the band of Onk-pa-pas, 
who would visit me shortly, had five horses belonging to his Indians, 
which he wished me to obtain for him. This I shall certainly do. 
This act fully shows you the disposition of those Indians to fulfill 
treaty stipulations. 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
Colonel ALFRED CUMMING,                       Indian Agent. 
Superintendent Indian Affairs, St. Louis,  Xssouri. 
No. 25. 
FORT LARAMIE, August 20, 1855. 
SiR: I have the honor to report to the department, that since my 
communication of the 13th instant I have met, in council, the Chey- 
enne band of Indians of the South Platte, and also the band of Sioux 
called Brulk, of the North Platte. These bands, from all the infor- 
mation I can collect from every source, have continued firm friends of 
the whites during the Sioux troubles. These bands desire that they 
may have established among them a farmer and a blacksmith. I shall 
meet the chiefs of the Arapahoes of the South Platte, and the Ogallalah 
band of Sioux of the North Platte, as early as the 22d instant. These 
bands have also been friendly and peaceable during all of the Sioux 
troubles. The band which murdered the mail party is called the 
Wasagahas, and was the Bear's band before his death. His brothers 
and relatives were engaged in that affair. I cannot ascertain where 
this band is at present hunting; I expect, however, that my runners 
will soon bring me news of them. These five bands are all that be- 
long to the agency of the Upper Platte. All of them are at peace 
among themselves, and with the whites, except the Wasagahas, and 
beg earnestly that the trade in the Indian country may be restored, 
for they are suffering-starving. 
I cannot ascertain from any reliable source that there are any hos- 
tile Indians within this agency. There are certainly none at the 
Bridge, west, nor are there any assembled among the Black Hills, nor 
on L'Eau qui Court. If that were the case, or if it were true that 
at any point within this agency fifteen hostile Indians were assembled 
for war, my runners would have informed me. 
I would respectfully recommend to the department that a black- 
smith and a farmer be engaged for the Arapahoes and Cheyennes on 
the South Platte, and also the same for the bands of Sioux on the 
North Platte; and that the usual estimates for objects of this nature 
be asked of Congress. 
I forward directly to the department, in consequence of the absence 
Irom St. Louis of Colonel Cumming, on the Upper Missouri, and I 
feel that it is important that the department should have all the infor-

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