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

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


Page 230

230                COLORADO SUPERINTENDENCY. 
I. 
DEPARTMENT OF TIHE INTERIOR, 
Ofice Indian Affairs, June 23, 1864. 
SIR.: Your despatch of the 14th instant, relative to Indian outrages in Colci-
rado, has been received, and a copy thereof has been sent, through the Secretary
of, the Interior, to the War Department. You will use every endeavor to keep
the peace with the Indians, and it is hoped that troops will soon be placed
at 
your disposal for that purpose. 
It is not contemplated that the Indians should be collected and fed on the
reservations, but they should be concentrated, if anywhere, about the buffalo
range. 
You will contract no debts in this matter, as Congress will not appropriate
funds for their payment. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
CHARLES E. MIIX, Acting Commissioner. 
JOHN EVANS, Esq., 
Governor and Superintendent Indian Affairs, Denver, C. T. 
K. 
FORT LYON, COLORADO TERRITORY, 
July 26, 1864. 
SIR: When I last wrote you I was in hopes that our Indian troubles were 
at an end. Colonel Chivington has just arrived frqm Larned, and gives a sad
account of affairs at that post. They have killed Some ten men from a train,
and run off all the stock from the post. As near aA they can learn, all the
tribes 
were engaged in it.  The colonel will give you the particulars.  There is
no 
dependence to be put in any of them. 
I have done everything in my power to keep peace.  I now think a little 
powder and lead is the best food for them. 
Respectfully, your obedient servant, 
S. G. COLLEY, 
United States Indian Agent. 
Hon. John EVANS, 
Governor and Superintendent Indian Affairs. 
K 2. 
PROCLAMATION. 
Having sent special messengers to the Indians of the plains, directing the
friendly to rendezvous at Fort Lyon, Fort Larned, Fort Laramie, and Camp
Collins for safety and protection, warning them that all hostile Indians
would 
be pursued and destroyed, and the last of said messengers having now returned,
and -the evidence being conclusive that most of the Indian tribes of the
plains 
are at war and hostile to the whites, and having to the utmost of my ability
endeavored to induce all of the Indians of the plains to come to said places
of 
rendezvous, furnishing them subsistence and protection, which with a few
ex- 
ceptions they have refused to do: 
Now, therefore, I, John Evans, governor of Colorado Territory, do issue this
my proclamation, authorizing all citizens of Colorado, either individually
or in 
such parties as they may organize, to go in pursuit of all hostile Indians
on the 
plains, scrupulously avoiding those who have responded to my call to rendezvous
at the points indicated; also to kill and destroy as enemies of the country


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