University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
The History Collection

Page View

United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1884
([1884])

Reports of agents in Oregon,   pp. 141-153 PDF (6.3 MB)


Page 142

142                REPORTS OF AGENTS IN        OREGON. 
I would again invite attention to the necessity of making a special appropriation
for Grande Ronde Agency. The practice of appropriating a specific sum for
Siletz and 
Grande Ronde Agencies results, as a rule, in this agency receiving about
25 per cent. of 
the appropriation. If the appropriations shall be made for these two agencies
in the 
future as in the past, a consolidation would be the proper thing to do-have
one in- 
stead of two agencies. 
COURT OF INDIAN OFFENSES, POLICE, ETC. 
The rules governing the court of Indian offenses have been enforced. I cannot
see 
that the Indians have been benefited by the establishment of this court,
as there has 
been a well-organized civil government at this agency for the last ten or
twelve years, 
consisting of legislature elected by the Indians as well as court and court
officers, all 
elected by the Indians. This additional court, without any compensation being
allowed by the Department for pay of judges and officers, under these circumstances
the judges hold court with great reluctance. 
No police officers have been appointed at this agency. Nor are police officers
neces- 
sary, as I have not at any time had any trouble to maintain peace and order
without 
their aid. 
Statistics herewith transmitted. 
I am, very respectfully, 
P. B. SINNOTT, 
Indian Agent. 
The, COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
KLAMATH AGENCY, 
Klamath County, Oregon,. August 16, 1884. 
SIR: In compliance with instructions from your office, I have the honor to
here- 
with submit my sixth annual report of Indian affairs at this agency. 
REVIEW OF THE YEAR. 
/ 
Nothing of unusual importance has occurred during the year, except the falling
of 
Willianmsou River bridge, a wooden structure of trestle-work having a stretch
of 
about 240 feet. Fortunately, this falling of the bridge took place in September
when 
the water was only about 12 feet deep. As the old bridge was built by the
Govern- 
ment and was on the Indian reservation, the county authorities did not feel
under- 
obligations to rebuild it, and in fact were hardly able to do so. At the
same time 
the interests of the military at Fort Klamath as well as those of the reservation
re- 
quired that a new and more permanent structure be built as speedily as possible.
Through the joint labors of the fort and of the agency, the agency furnishing
all the 
material and all the labor except the skillful labor needed, a very good
and solid 
bridge, resting upon several wooden structures filled with rock, was built
under the 
immediate supervision of Capt. G. H. Burton, of Fort Klamath, Oreg. Over
120 men 
worked two weeks each, many of them also furnishing their teams to draw materials
during the entire time of their work. About 30,000 feet of lumber was used
in the 
construction of this bridge, besides a large amount of nuhewn logs and stringers
for- 
the planking to rest upon. 
The success attending the building of this Williamson River bridge in the
vicinity 
of the agency, and the pride which the agency Indians justly felt in its
completion 
and fine appearance, aroused in the minds of the Yainax Indians a desire
to rebuild 
a bridge in that vicinity, over Sprague River, which had been swept away
by a flood 
a few years since. For this purpose, during the winter, and while the snow
was on 
the ground, they cut and drew from the neighboring forests to the river's
bank a 
large amount of timber and material for a more permanent structure than the
old 
one. Owing to the unusually high water during the spring and summer, there
has 
as yet been no opportunity to use this material. Before winter again sets
in, we 
hope to be able to have another bridge which will be a credit to the energy
and pub- 
lic spirit of our Indians. 
The completion of the new school boarding house begun last year at the agency,
and the opening of an enlarged school on the 1st of February, 1884, was an
event of 
unusual interest to the Indians residing on this part of the reservation.
This build- 
ing, which is on an average 40 feet wide and 90 feet long, with two full
stories of 
about 12 feet in height each, is a very fine structure and presents an imposing
ap- 
pearance. The Indians and Indian children are very proud of this building.


Go up to Top of Page