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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1873

[Kiowa and Comanche agency],   pp. 218-220 PDF (1.5 MB)

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should still exist if satisfaction is offered; otherwise they propose to
retaliate. I have 
no doubt the difficulty can be peacefully adjusted. 
The Osages regard the recent valuation of their reservation at seventy cents
per acre 
as a plain violation of the promises of the Government which guaranteed to
them a 
home in the Indian Territory on lands that should not cost them more than
fifty cents 
per acre. I presume this will not be questioned by any citizen who attended
the vari- 
ous councils held with Osages by the Indian commissioners on that subject;
but, aside 
from obligations plain and implied, the land would certainly not be valued
above fifty 
cents per acre by competent persons after seeing it. 
At the payment in Sixthmonth two prominent Cherokees, C. N. Vann and W. P.
Adair, were in the camps of the Osages for several days, counseling them
to sign an 
order on the honorable Secretary of the Interior for the sum of three hundred
thirty thousand dollars as payment of a claim for alleged services rendered
the Osages 
in procuring the defeat of the treaty made by the Osages with the L. L. &
Railroad Company; also for procuring the passage of the act whereby the Kansas
Osage lands were taken in trust by the Government to sell at one dollar and
five cents per acre. Those who have a right to know attribute the defeat
and success 
of these two measures to other agencies. The treaty was withdrawn from the
by the President upon the report of the superintendent of the Central Superintendency
after a council with the Osages on the subject. The act referred to was a
part of the Indian 
appropriation bill, passed July 15, 1870, having the approval of the President,
his board 
of Indian commissioners, Secretary of the Interior, Commissioner of Indian
Affairs, the 
chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Indian Affairs, and all of
the leading 
men in Congress, and all the philanthropic and earnest friends of the Indians,
it was an act of justice, plain and uncovered, requiring no corrupting influence
to make 
for it hopeful and constant supporters. 
I interviewed these Cherokees to ascertain the nature of their services.
Not obtaining 
the desired information, I requested them to desist importuning the Osages,
ing with the business of the chiefs at the agency, and give me an opportunity
to inves- 
tigate their claim, and, if it was just, I had no doubt the Government would
the payment of it. This was met with an implied threat in that if I would
let them 
alone they would let me alone. I openly advised the chiefs in council not
to sign any 
agreement nor commit themselves to any amount until the officers of the Government
could ascertain whether these Cherokees had performed any services for them
or not. 
Several of the chiefs refrained from counseling with them afterward; but
persuasive influences, that were generally believed in camp to be improper,
chiefs were induced to sign such an order, after the Cherokees had reduced
the sum to 
two hundred and thirty thousand dollars. No member of the Little Osage tribe
of any 
position signed the order, thus preventing the document having any binding
force on 
the tribes. A half-breed of known integrity has left on file in my office
an affirmation 
stating that fully one-half of the names affixed to the paper were not present,
and many 
of them have since informed me, after hearing their names had been attached,
that they 
had not authorized any one to do so, and it was done against their will.
After these Cherokees had left the agency, the half-breeds proceeded to get
up a re- 
monstrance which the masses of the tribe appear to have signed, including
all the 
head-men of the Little Osages and most of the smaller chiefs of the Great
Osages. At 
a subsequent council held about the 25th ultimo, Watianka, the leading spirit
the payment of the Cherokee claim, informed me that he understood the sum
to be 
two thousand three hundred dollars instead of two hundred and thirty thousand
lars, and desired those who had not signed the order to sign the remonstrance
and pre- 
vent the payment of the claim. At that, four out of the six principal chiefs
of the 
bands signing, did sign a revocation of their order, and requested the Department
authorize their superintendent and agents of the Cherokees and Osages to
the claim of those Cherokees for services, aud pay what they deemed just
and right; 
which request I hope will be regarded, such being the cool and unbiased wish
of the 
I. T. GIBSON, Agent. 
ENOCH HOAG, Superintendent Indian Affair8. 
Eighthmnonth 30, 1873. 
DEAR  FRIEND: In accordance with the Department requirements, I submit my
annual report, which is necessarily fractional, as I have only been in charge
of this 
agency five months. I arrived here late in the Thirdmonth, and took charge
the 1st of the 

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