United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1856
[Indians in New York], pp. 29-32 PDF (1.6 MB)
ACCOMPANYING THE REPORT. 29, No. 106.-Report of James P. Goodall, relative to the tribes near Clear lake. MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS. No. 107.-Letter of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to Henry R. Sahoolcraft. No. 108.-Reply of Mr. Schoolcraft. No. 109.--Statement of tribes negotiated with since 4th of March, 1853, of lands acquired and reserved, and of consideration paid. No. 110.-Statement of appropriations made and amounts drawn for Indian service in the years 1851-'52-'53-'54-'55-'56. No. 111.--Statement of stocks held in trust by the Secretary of the Interior for Indian tribes. No. 112.-Statement of the amounts invested and remitted, for pay- ment of Indian annuities, during the calendar year ending December 31, 1856. No. 113. -Instructions and forms in relation to the assignment of Indian land warrants. No. 1. OFFICE NEW YORK INDIAN AFFAIRS, Bandolph, September 30, 1856. DBAR Sm:" Time is making its mark in civilization on the several Indian tribes within this agency, and gradually improving their con- dition in every respect. The Oneidas, Onondagas, Tuscaroras, Tona- wanda Senecas and Cattaraugus Senecas, are wholly dependent on agriculture and mechanical pursuits for support. Their farms, build- ings, crops and stock, as well as a vast number of substantial comforts surrounding their homes, abundantly testify to their uniform advance- ment. The Alleghany Senecas residing on the Alleghany river, in a timber and lumber country, have not as yet been compelled to turn their attention wholly to farming. Their timber does and will, until it is gone, furnish temporary relief, which is an injury rather than benefit, and has prevented that improvement in agriculture and comfortable homes we meet with on the other reservations; when their timber is gone, and they are compelled to cultivate their lands, we may expect an improvement in this respect. On all of the several reservations, churches and religious influence are well sustained, and revereilce and respect shown for them worthy of imitation in any community. Schools are well sustained on each of the several reservations ; a desire to educate their children is fast manifesting~ itself in all of the Indians, and they now appear to be anxious to improve every oppor- tunity of sending their children to school.
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