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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1883

Report of the commissioner of Indian affairs,   pp. III-LXXI ff. PDF (28.2 MB)


Eastern Miamis.-In my last report I stated that the payment of the 
principal sum due to the Eastern Miamis July 1, 1880, was necessarily 
delayed until nearly two years had elapsed, but that interest had been 
paid for one year after it became due, viz, for 1881. A short time ago, 
in compliance with my recommendation, the Department authorized the 
payment of all the balance of interest still due and provided for, which
was accordingly computed on each share of this principal suni up to 
and inclusive of the various dates on which the payments were made 
during the year 1882. In the cases of several who were not paid until 
after the expiration of that fiscal year a full year's interest was allowed.
These payments altogether amounted to $6,367.01, leaving to be covered 
back into the Treasury $4,695.88 of the $11,062.89 interest provided for
the year 1882. Thus, with the exception of one share of the principal 
sum still unpaid, the owner not having been found, a final settlement 
of this indebtedness will be made. 
ac and Fox in Iowa.-Several of the Sac and Fox Indians in Iowa 
still refuse to receipt for their shares of their annuity, which shares are
set aside for them and will remain on the books of this office to their 
credit for the present. 
Since my last report $10,000 more has been paid to these Indians on 
account of their back and current annuities, and at their request the 
Department authorized $10,000 more to be expended in the purchase of 
land for them. About $9,300 was thus expended, leaving about $700, 
which it was found could not be so used to advantage. With this bal- 
ance they wish their chiefs and head men to pay some tribal indebted- 
ness, and the Department has -approved of its being given to them for 
that purpose. They will thus have received $60,000 of annuity since 
January, 1882, and, with the exception of about $4,800, all that is so 
due to them up to the end of the fiscal year 1883. 
Winnebagoes i Wisconsin.-Twenty-five hundred dollars were appro- 
priated by the last Congress, as suggested in my last report, for the 
purpose of completing the census of the Winnebago Indians in Wiscon- 
sin, as required by the act of January 18, 1881, and an agent was ap- 
pointed in April last by the Department for this duty, in which he has 
since been continuously engaged. These Indians are very much scat- 
tered over the State, and in most cases families have had to be personally
visited wherever located. This and the careful examination into the 
rights of all claiming to be enrolled, and of the records of the Land 
Office as to homesteads said to be taken up by them in compliance with 
the above-mentioned act, and in assisting those who had not located 
homesteads to do so, has consumed much time and necessarily delayed 
the work; but it is now nearing 6ompletion. 
From the reports I have received in reference to the present habits 
sad condition of a great majority of these Indians, and the well-known 
character of many of the whites who surround them, I am convinced 
that to pay into their hands any considerable part of the money referred

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