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

Nevada superintendency,   pp. 139-150 PDF (5.0 MB)


Page 139

NEVADA SUPERINTENDENCY.                        139 
in this office and the General Land Office, when approved by the President
of 
the United States. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
W. P. DOLE, Commissioner. 
AUSTIN WILEY, Esq., 
Sup't Indian Afairs, San Francisco, California. 
NEVADA SUPERINTENDENCY. 
No. 46. 
TERRITORY OF NEVADA, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, 
Carson City, September 20, 1864. 
SIR: On the 28th of July, ultimo, I had the honor to address to the department
a brief communication principally in reference to the timber reserve and
the 
saw-mill in the course of construction on the Truckee or Pyramid Lake reserva-
tion. It now becomes my duty to report to the department the operations of
the Indian service of this superintendency for the past year. 
Since I had the honor to submit my last annual report the Indians of this
Territory have maintained an uninterrupted peace and quiet with the whites.
No act of aggression or depredation on their part, with the exception of
one 
instance of theft unworthy of mention, has been brought to my notice. I attribute
their tranquillity during the past to the policy I have pursued since the
com- 
mencement of my administration of affairs in this Territory, of keeping local
agents in the different sections of country where the Indians mostly congregate
and range, who acquire and exercise a wholesome and salutary influence over
them by being constantly among or near them. 
The beneficial effects arising from this system of local agencies can scarcely
be reckoned in a pecuniary point of view. I have no doubt whatever that the
small sums paid out in the way of salaries to the local agents has been a
saving 
of ten times the amount, not alone to the best interests of the Territory,
but to 
the government itself. The quiet and peace which has prevailed here has given
an impetus to the growth and prosperity of the Territory, and to the develop-
ment of its inexhaustible wealth in the precious and other mineral productions,
unparalleled in former instances. While Colorado and other Territories have
suffered or been threatened by Indian disturbances, ours has been steadily
mov- 
ing forward on the road of progress and prosperity, the result of peace and
amity 
with all its different tribes. 
The Indians of the Walker river and Pyramid lake countries are generally
contented and happy. Their natural supplies of subsistence, though very much
curtailed this year from the scarcity~of snow last winter, and the long-continued
drought of the spring and summer, will yet, I hope, be sufficient, with some
small 
aid on the part of the government, to maintain them comfortably thecoming
winter. 
Owing to these causes-scarcity of water and rain-I regret to state that the
farming operations on the Truckee reservation have not resulted so favorably
or 
beneficially as I anticipated; nevertheless, I hope a sufficiency of vegetables,
&c., 
will be produced there to materially aid in the supply of the wants of the
In- 
dians of that locality. It is expected that the Indians of the Truckee and
Walker rivers, in view of the short crops of seeds, roots, and pine nuts,
will take 
and cure an extra amount of fish the present autumn for their winter and
early 
spring supplies of subsistence. 
As to the Indians of the Humboldt region, I regret to state that they are
not 
quite so fortunate as those alluded to above in regard to the amp~leness
of the 


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