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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1864

Colorado superintendency,   pp. 216-258 PDF (17.3 MB)

Page 223

COLORADO SUPERINTENDENCY.                        223 
flood, a fair crop of produce was raised on the agency farm, though at last
counts it was in great danger of being destroyed because of the necessary
abandonment of the place on account of its exposure to Indian hostilities.
Agent Whitely was directed to take charge, for the time being, of this little
band of Indians, who had separated themselves to the number of about one
hundred and seventy-five souls from their chief and his band, before the
tilities commenced, because of their refusal to join the alliance for hostilities,
and come in for protection from the government under my proclamation. His
reports, copies of which, marked S, T, and W, are forwarded for your informa-
tion, give a full account of their condition. It has been entirely unsafe
allow them to pursue the chase up to this time; but as the expense of their
sistence is too large to be continued long under the instructions from the
partment, I have applied through Agent Whitely to the commander at Camp 
Collins to assign them hunting grounds, where they may be safe, if possible,
that they may procure at least a part of their subsistence from the chase.
visions must be issued to them during the winter in greater or less quantities
prevent starvation, as they will be unable to go to the buffalo range, it
all occupied by the hostile tribes. 
I have requested Agent Colley to take the direction of their management,
to send blankets and clothing to them from such as he may have on hand. 
It will be observed from Agent Whitely's reports that these Indians are still
anxious for a reservation near their present camp. 
This band have behaved with unusual good faith towards the whites during
the past year. A war par y against the Sioux Indians having been mistaken
for hostile Indians on the Upper Platte, were fired upon by a scout. Instead
resenting it the Utahs, though in strong force, retired to their own country
fear of difficulty, and reported the facts in the case. 
The failure in the arrival of their goods on account of the Indian hostilities,
on the road across the plains, was likely to produce great disappointment
and serious dissatisfaction. I directed Agent Whitely to take the goods sent
out for his Indians (which had fortunately arrived before the interruption
travel on the plains) to the Conejos agency, for the purpose of a joint distribu-
tion to the Indians under his care and the Tabeguache band. I also added
this lot of goods most of those sent to the superintendency for presents
to the 
Indians. In this way a pretty fair distribution was provided for; and in
pany with Agent Whitely I repaired to Conejos to carry out your instructions
to hold a council with them for the purpose of securing their assent to the
Senate's amendments to the treaty made with them last year. 
The great difficulty in the way of securing their assent was in the change
the boundaries of their reservation, as they claimed that there was no ground
within the bounds of the reservation, as defined by the Senate, suitable
for the 
early or late pasturage of their stock, on account of the extremely mountainous
character of the country, its early winter, and late spring snows. 
I was obliged to assure them that the assent of the government would be 
given to their pasturing their stock within the country claimed by the Grand
River and Uintah bands; to which their chief, being present, also assented.
required much effort to assure them that the government would carry out the
stipulations of the treaty in good faith. Although they had been distinctly
sured of the necessity of' a ratification of the treaty at the time it was
made, and 
freely admitted that they remembered this, they were slow to understand why
a change should have been made. 

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