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

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


Page 211

NEW MEXICO SUPERINTENDENCY. 
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of the information and judgment of one who has experience and information
as 
to the requisites of such an establishment. Should this suggestion meet with
your approbation, and the War Department concur, I would further recommend
that measures be taken to obtain from Congress the necessary means to carry
it 
into effect. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
W. P. DOLE. 
Hon. J. P. USHER, Secretary of the interior. 
No. 84. 
WASHINGTON, D. C., January 23, 1864. 
SIR: Your letter enclosing copy of communication from Edward R. S. Canby,
Assistant Adjutant General United States army, calling the attention of the
honorable Secretary of the Interior to the enclosed report of General J.
H. Carle- 
ton, commanding department of New Mexico, has been received. 
The charge of unwillingness to attend to the wants of Navajo captives by
the gen- 
eral against the superintendent of Indian affairs is not in accordance with
the facts 
in the case. During the months of September and October I issued blankets
and other clothing to about one hundred Navajoes at Santa Fe; and at Fort
Sumner, on the 29th of October, clothing and other articles were given by
Indian Agent Labadi, under my directions, to all the prisoners at that post.
The honorable Commissioner is well aware that after that date the superintendent
had no funds from which he was enabled to either feed or clothe Indians.
In 
frequent conversations with the general commanding, about that time, the
rea- 
sons why I refused to take charge of the Navajo prisoners was freely discussed.
I believed then, as I now do, that as prisoners of war they belonged properly
to the military department, and should be held by them until hostilities
cease 
with the tribe. I stated also at different times to the general that I had
no 
funds for incidental expenses or provisions, and hence could not take charge
of 
them and provide for their wants without involving myself and my department.
Refusing to feed and clothe Navajoes whs not from an unwillingness or neglect
to do so, but from other causes well known tothe department commander. 
The condition of the superintendency financially is so well known to your
honor that it needs no explanation. You are aware that at that time, and
up 
to the, present date, it is without the means to feed and clothe Indians.
If, 
therefore, as the general commanding suggests, the quartermaster's department
in New Mexico can be authorized to purchase blankets and issue condemned
clothing, as proposed, it will be doing an act of charity, relieve the suffering
prisoners, and do much to establish confidence in the kind intentions of
the 
government towards them. The military department in New Mexico has man- 
ifested great activity and interest in the settlement of Apaches at Bosque
Rodondo. The success of the enterprise has depended greatly upon its hearty
co-operation and assistance, and I am happy to state that Major Wallen, United
States army, present commander of Fort Sumner, is rendering every assistance
in his power.. Without this assistance and the liberal supply of provisions
issued to them by authority of the honorable Secretary of War, they could
not 
have been kept on the reservation during the present winter. 
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
M. STECK, 
Superintendent Indian Affairs, New Mexico. 
Hon. WM. P. DOLE, 
Commissioner Indian Affairs, Washington, D. . 


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