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

Dakota superintendency,   pp. 259-293 PDF (15.0 MB)


Page 262

262                  DAKOTA SUPERINTENDENCY. 
culties, and vastly reduce the enormous expenses of the government in this
uarter. I deem it but my imperative duty, in closing, to again urge upon
the 
epartment the necessity, as a means of bringing about a permanent and lasting
peace with all these tries, of placing the trade and business of these Indians
in the hands of thoroughly loyal and law-abiding citizens, as'a means of
con- 
vincing them (the Indians) of the fidelity and good faith of the government
towards them. 
Trusting that means may be speedily devised to bring about a satisfactory
settlement of our present difficulties with the Indians, and the enormous
ex- 
pense of further expeditions against them be avoided, 
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
NEWTON EDMUNDS, 
Gov. and ex-oftlcio Superintendent of Indidn A/fairs. 
Hon. WILLIAM P. DOLE, 
Commissioner of Indian Afairs, Washington, D. C. 
No. 116. 
DAKOTA TERRITORY, 
Executive OJlce, Yankton, September 23, 1864. 
SIR: Please find herewith enclosed annual report of Major M. Wilkinson on
the condition of the Indians under his charge, together with the speech of
White 
$hield, the head chief of thie Arickarees, referred to by him at the close
of his 
report. I also take the liberty of transmitting herewith three affidavits
on the 
subject of violations of the intercourse law, taken by Major Wilkinson while
in 
the Indian country, and transmitted with the accompanying report. While the
affidavits herewith transmitted indicate that the intercourse laws are not
always) 
regarded by parties in the Indian country, they do not constitute a tithe
of the 
information that has come to me from various sources within the.past few
months on the subject. They simply corroborate the numerous statements that
have been made to me in reference to this matter. 
From information which has reached me, I am convinced that the intercourse
laws are as frequently violated by persons whelare connected with the army
in 
the Indian country (in most cases doubtless confined to sutlers) as by any
other 
persons. Officers of the army in command at the various military posts, I
sup- 
pose, do not regard it as incumbent upon them to see that the laws of Congress
are enforced in this respect, though they are here, I suppose, for that purpose.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
NEWTON EDMUNDS, 
Governor and ex-offlcio Superintendent Indian Afairs. 
Hon. WILLIAM P. DOLE, 
Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington, D. C. 
No. 117. 
YANKTON, DAKOTA TERRITORY, 
August 31, 1864, 
SIR: I have the honor to submit this my first annual report as agent for
the 
Upper Missouri Indians. 
On the 6th of June I arrived at Fort Berthold per steamer Fanny Ogden, on
which were the goods 'for the Assinaboines and Crows for Fort Union. I 


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