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

New Mexico superintendency,   pp. 180-216 PDF (15.6 MB)

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No. 82. 
FORT SUMNER, NEW MEXICO, November 25, 1863. 
SIR: After you left this post some dissatisfaction was manifested by the
caleros on account of their not being permitted to visit their country. This
passed off in a few days, and after some persuasion they have remained quiet
and satisfied. During this time I have been preparing lands and acequias,
where I intend to plant wheat. At this time it is very cold, but this will
in a few days and the work will be continued. I will have no difficulty in
paring next year double the quantity planted the present. I have written
Santa Fe' that they may send me the large plough you left for me. 
The commander of this post, Major Wallen, has loaned me ten yoke of oxen
to do the work, and has offered me every assistance that I will need to help
Indians. At the same time I am receiving, from the military department, suffi-
cient rations for the Indians. I have still in my house a deposit of ten
pounds of corn belonging to the Mescalero Apaches, and they are using it
much economy. The Indian farmers were greatly pleased when they received
pay for their fodder from the quartermaster of this post. The amount they
to receive was four hundred and fifty-eight dollars in cash. It was my inten-
tion to have collected the money of all, to purchase for them articles that
have been useful to them, but they were paid by orders on the sutler, and
Indians, seeing themselves with money in their hands, each one bought what-
ever he fancied, and this has given them new animation to become better far-
mers in the future. 
The 200 sacks of flour contracted for with Moore & Co. were delivered
to me 
here, and I have not used them, agreeable to your order. During the last
some 300 Navajo watriors passed near this fort with a robbery of near 
20,000 sheep, 12 Mexican captives, oxen, asses, &c. Captain Cremony,
twenty of his soldiers, followed after them, and I accompanied him with forty
myApaches, but after a march of sixty miles in one day over a sandy country
the captain's horses tired out, and the Navajoes got off with their booty;
was our bad luck in not overtaking them. Many other depredations, murders,
and robberies have been committed by the Navajoes upon the citizens of the
county of San Miguel; and Rio Abajo, Cadette, and Ojo Blancos salute you,
be assured they are honorable and truthful men. 
I am, with much respect, your obedient servant, 
United States Indian Agent. 
M. STECK, Esq., 
Su't Indian Afairs of New Mexico, Washington, D. C. 
No. 83. 
SiR: I return herewith a communication from General Carleton, with its ac-
companying papers, which was referred by the Secretary of War to you on the
4th ultimo, and by you referred to this office on the 9th of same month.
These papers relate to the subject of concentrating the Apaches and Navajoes,
and have accordingly been referred to Superintendent Steck for a report thereon,
which will also be found herewith, dated 16th ultimo. It seems that General
Carleton and others have, for some reason, been led to believe that Superintend-
ent Steck is opposed to the concentration of the Indians of New Mexico, and
using his influence to thwart the designs of the military authorities of
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