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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)


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NEW MEXICO SUPERINTENDENCY. 
No. 85. 
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, 
Oj ce Indian Ajfars, April 11, 1864. 
SIR :I return you the letter of the Secretary of War, covering communica-
tion of Brigadier General Carleton and other enclosures, relative to the
pressing 
necessity of providing for the Navajoes, now prisoners of war at Bosque Ro-
dondo, in the Territory of New Mexico, some hundreds of miles from their
homes. I can appreciate fully the necessity for immediately providing for
these 
people, forced from their mountain homes and located upon a tract of country
entirely in a state of nature, and that they cannot be expected to contribute
anything 
to their own support for at least several months to come, and very little
the first 
year of their residence there. These facts as set forth in General Cairleton's
letter cannot well be controverted, and I concur with him in the general
reasons 
set forth in his communication. 
I feel constrained to say, however, that the spirit manifested in this commu-
nication, so far as it has reference to the past or future action of the
Indian bu- 
'reau, is manifestly unkind and the inferences unfair. I do not believe it
to be 
necessary to create a separate and new department in New Mexico, alone and
independent of the superintendency as at present organized; I do not think
it 
necessary to provide for a special superintendent with a salary of three
thou- 
sand dollars per annum. There is already a sufficient number of officers
in New 
Mexico connected with the Indian service, and should they prove incompetent
they can be removed and competent persons appointed in their stead. 
I cannot, from any data before me, judge of the amount necessary to be ap-
propriated to provide for these people for the next fiscal year. I believe,
however, 
that with proper economy the sum named in the estimate forwarded to you in
my let- 
ter of the 4th instant will be sufficient. I will not, therefore, change
my recom- 
mendations in that respect, although a large sum could no doubt be used very
much to the advantage of the Indians. I return the papers with the recommen-
dation that copies of them be laid before Congress for such action as may
be 
thought best by that body. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
W. P. DOLE, Commissioner. 
Hon. JOHN P. USHER, 
Secretary of the Interior. 
No. 86. 
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, 
Office Indian Afl'airs, July 16, 1864. 
SIR" I desire to call your attention to the subject of the Navajoes
who are 
now held as prisoners at Fort Sumner or on the Rio Pecos, in New Mexico.
At its recent session an appropriation of $100,000 was made by Congress 
and placed at your disposal for the purpose of settling, subsisting, and
support- 
ing these captive Indians upon a reservation in New Mexico. I am informed
that they now number from five to seven thousand, and, as military opera-
tions are still being had against them, it is probable this number will consider-
ably increase. You are aware that Superintendent Steck has, at all times,
most 
earnestly protested against -the wisdom and propriety of an attempt to perma-
nently establish these Indians upon the Rio Pecos, for the reasons, as alleged-by
him, that there is an insufficiency of arable land to enable them to obtain
a sub- 


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