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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 224

To assure them more fully of the good faith of the government, I had pur-
chased two of the five American stallions provided for in the treaty, which
presented to them as an advance payment. 
Without this course and the most judicious distribution of presents from
small supply on hand, it would have been utterly out of the question to have
secured their assent. After two days spent in explaining to them the import-
ance of strict obedience to the wishes and requirements of the government,
unanimous assent to the amendments was secured, and an article of agreement
to that effect was signed by their chiefs and warriors in the presence of
assembled people. 
I may remark in this connexion that among the wild Indians of this super-
intendency, although at the present time entirely refusing to entertain any
position for a settlement to change their mode of life for the forms and
of civilization, there are none whose general character and intelligence
give so 
much promise of future improvement as this band. They are cheerful, full
conviviality and good humor, and enjoy a joke with great zest. Among their
chiefs are some of the most acute and intelligent Indians that are to be
met with 
The condition of this band, under the charge of Agent Whitely, will be fully
set forth in his annual report, herewith forwarded. That they have ceased
their depredations upon the overland stage line during the past year, and
now in a friendly and peaceably disposed condition, is shown by his report.
My own observation of their disposition, made at the late distribution of
goods at the Conejos agency, where I met their principal chief, White Eye,
with a part of his tribe, corroborates this conclusion. 
Up to this time, owing to their wild and roving character and the remoteness
of the country they inhabit from any settlement in this Territory, the agent
has been unable to live among them. His attentions to them, however, have
been all that was practicable, and of essential service in securing their
The country occupied by these Indians, as described in the agent's report
year, is very extensive and includes many very fertile valleys. It is probable
that in some of these a home may be found for both themselves and the Tabe-
quache band, when they shall have been so far brought under the influence
civilization as to assent to a settlement. 
The suggestions made in my letter of the 4th of March, 1863, in regard to
the formation of a general- settlement of the various bands of Utah Indians,
may at least partially be carried out in s,,)me of these valleys instead
of the San 
Juan, at some future period, should any of them prove to be of sufficient
and fertile as they are-reported to be. 
A long and serious indisposition, and the multiplicity of imperative demands
upon my attention, growing out of the Indian war, are the reasons for this
port being behind the time prescribed by the regulations of the department.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
Governor C. T., and ex-officio Sup't Indian AJ'irs. 
Statement of Robert North. 
NOVEMBER 10, 1863. 
Having recovered an Arapahoc prisoner (a squaw) from the Utes, I obtained
the confidence of thle Indians completely. I have lived with them from a
and my Wife is an Arapahoe. 

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