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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1855
([1855])

[Miscellaneous],   pp. 206-256 PDF (17.9 MB)


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REPORT OF THE 
selection of a very large tract of land for a pasture, (about one thou- 
sand acres,) a very large portion of which is very excellent farming 
land, and which can be fenced and irrigated at comparatively trifling 
cost. At the cities of Springville and Provo no selection for a pasture 
has as yet been made, in consequence of the disinclination of the chief,
High-forehead, or Tanta-buggar, at Springville, to make any at pre- 
sent, and on the part of Tintick, at Provo, in consequence of sickness. 
During my visit to Palmyra I learned from some of' the Indians that 
three horses had been stolen by the Sanpitch Indians at the San Pete 
settlement in San Pete county, and through the agency of Sanpitch 
and Tabba, two Utah chiefs which I employed for the purpose, 
I succeeded in recovering two of the three horses and restored them 
to their owners, and I think that I will be able to recover the other 
one. Six horses have also been stolen from the citizens of Spring- 
ville. I have taken measures for their recovery which I hope will 
prove successful. The condition of the various bands of Indians in 
the southern section of the Territory is not so good as in former years,
in consequence of the great scarcity of grain, which has prevented the 
settlements from being as liberal as formerly, and I would renew my 
recommendation made in a former report, for the privilege of pur- 
chasing wheat, corn, flour, and some cattle for the sustenance of the 
Indians. As the winter approaches I am more and more deeply im- 
pressed with the belief that immediate action in this case is greatly 
needed. On the first of the present month a treaty of peace was held 
at Great Salt Lake city between the Shoshonee or Snake Indians and 
the Utahs. I was not present at the treaty, my presence being re- 
quired at the time in the more southern section, and as I presume a 
full report will be made to the Department of Indian Affairs by your 
excellency, as well as by the agent, Dr. Garland Hurt, I deem it un- 
necessary to say any more on this subject. 
I have the honor to be, most respectfully, your obedient servant, 
GEORGE W. ARMSTRONG, 
Indian Agent. 
His Excellency BmaImAI YOUN , 
Ex Oyicio Sperintendent of Indian Affairs. 
No. 103. 
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, 
Office of Indian Affairs, Jiarch 16, 1855. 
SL: Referring to my letter to you of the 8th August last, and 
4cknowledging your response of September 29, I have now to inform 
yo. that you have been designated by the President, as the officer of 
the Indian Department, to negotiate articles of convention under the 
appropriation of $30,000 by the act of July 31, 1854, with the Apache, 
Navajoe and Utah Indians, in New Mexico, by which permanent and 
well defined relations of amity shall be established between them and 
the United States. 
As the purchase and transportation of goods and implements from 
the Atlantic cities might involve too great a delay, you are authorized 
from time to time to procure goods, agricultural implements, or other 
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