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

[Camp Apache agency],   pp. 290-291 PDF (985.2 KB)

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are naturally bright and clever; but it is impracticable to establish any
school unless 
adequate funds are supplied, the Indians themselves being entirely destitute
of any 
property, with the exception of the cattle given them, and a few horses owned
by the 
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
Captain, Fifth United 8tates Cavalry, 
Acting Agent for the Pinal and Aravaipa Apaches and Tontos. 
Hon. E. P. SMITH, 
Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington, D. C. 
August 31, 1873. 
SIR: In compliance with circular letter from the Hon. Commissioner of Indian
Affairs relative to annual reports, I have the honor to submit this, my first
In view of the very limited period which has intervened since my arrival
and in consideration of the fact that this agency has been only established
one year, and up to the present date has never been furnished with funds,
stationery, or agricultural implements, to carry on the business of the agency-under
the above circumstances it cannot be expected that I shall be enabled to
go much into 
the usual details embraced in an annual report. 
There are on the reservation, according to a census taken on the 10th day
of last 
June, 1,675 Indians, including men, women, and children, which I think is
The crop of corn, this year, has been a good one, and the Indians feel very
much en- 
couraged. They have planted 283 acres. 
I was unable to open an agency farm on account of not having any teams' to
up the laud, and there were no teams that could be hired for that purpose.
On my arrival here I found but one building belonging to the Indian D6partment,
and that was a store-house. Through the kindness of Maj. G. M. Randall, Twenty-third
Infantry, I was allowed to occupy his quarters until such time as I could
get authority 
to build an agency building. 
I made out an Vstimate for the necessary buildings, teams, &c., to carry
on the busi- 
ness of the agency, and forwarded it to Dr. H. Bendell, superintendent of
Indian affairs 
for Arizona, who informed me that he had no authority to contract for putting
up of 
buildings at my agency, or to purchase teams, and that I would have to wait
such time as the Department at Washington ordered it done. After waiting
three months I was obliged to go to work, and with the aid of my employ6s
I erected 
an agency building, one story high, 16 X42 feet, which answers for a dwelling
for the 
agent and an office besides. 
I would here recommend that the agent-be authorized to purchase four (4)
three (3) yoke of oxen, two (2) wagons, and all the necessary agricultural
with seeds, &c., to open an agency-farm, which is badly needed at this
agency. I 
hope before winter sets in that I will be furnished with all of the above
I would also recommend that a portable saw-mill, with a shingle-machine attached,
be purchased for this agency. There is an abundance of pine timber here,
and, with a 
good mill, I could put up all the buildings that would be necessary for the
and Indians, and I am confident that in two (2) years the mill would pay
for itself. 
I would also recommend that 500 hoes, 5 dozen axes, and 1,200 blankets be
for the use of the Indians of this agency. The amount of hoes furnished by
the Depart- 
ment in June last is not sufficient for the number of Indians who are willing
to plant. 
The blankets ought to be furnished without delay, as winter will soon be
upon us, and 
the Indians of this reserve are nearly naked. 
I am pleased to report an improved condition of the tribes of this agency,
in their 
more fully adopting agriculture as a means of subsistence. Their stock consists
cattle and horses, which are all in good condition. " Some of the bands
have taken good 
care of the cattle that Gen. 0.0. Howard gave them last season. They are
that I should purchase sheep for them. 
The Indians under my charge have been peaceful; no disturbances have occurred,
and no depredations committed on the reservatiou, that I am aware of. The
health of 
the Indians has been good; still, I will earnestly request that medicines
be furnished 
this agency, as soon as possible, as there are none here to be had, and I
have had to 
depend upon the military for medicines ever since I have been here. 
There has been no missionary sent to this agency, and, up to the present,
no school 
or schools hare been established. The Indians are all anxious that a school
be estab- 

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