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

[Tulalip agency],   pp. 305-306 PDF (980.3 KB)


Page 305

REPORT    OF COMMISSIONER        OF INDIAN    AFFAIRS.        305 
laws of States and Territories over all Indians within their respective borders,
except 
that of taxation. This would certainly be beneficial. 
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
-    R. H. MILROY, 
Hon. E. P. SMITH,            Superintendent Indian Affairs, Washington Territory.
Conunissioner of Indian Afair8. 
63. 
TULALIP INDIAN RESERVATION, 
Washington Ter., July 1, 1873. 
SIR: In compliance with the regulations of the Indian Department, I have
the honor 
to submit the following report in reference to Indians oil the reservations
Under my 
charge. 
Since the logging work commenced on the Tnlalip reservation, quite a large
number 
of Indians have gathered there, and are now permanently located. They are
kept 
constantly employed,.and receive sufficient remuneration for their labor
to support 
themselves and families. Their conduct in general is very good, and their
constant 
employment keeps them from wandering about the mills and white settlements,
where 
they have been more or less exposed to all sorts of temptations of vice and
debauchery. 
Many bad Christians have totally reformed, and several infidel Indians have
joined 
the church, and are now good and faithfil members. 
Our church at Tulalip is by no means large enough to give accommodation to
the 
number of people who come there for instruction. I would therefore respectfully
sug- 
gest that an appropriation be made for its enlargement. My assistant, the
Rev. Father 
Richard, visits the Indians of Port Madison, Black and White -River, Muckelshoot,
Puyallup, and Nisqually four times a year, wh'ielie he has quite a large
n umber of well- 
disposed Indians, who seem to profit considerably by his teaching and example.
They 
have applied for means to build a church, where they could gather for the
perform- 
ance of their religious duties, and it is very much to be regretted they
could not ob- 
tain their request in this particular. 
The average number of children attending our schools at Tulalip during the
past 
year has been from forty-five to fifty. Their progress has been encouraging,
though 
it is a work that requires an amount of patience and perseverance. They are
re- 
quired to perform a certain amount of manual labor each day in their respective
departments-the boys under the direction of the Rev. Father Riebard and Mr.
H. 
De Vries, the girls under the skillful training of the Sisters of Charity,
who are inde- 
fatigable in their exertions to forward their advancement in the paths of
virtue and 
civilization. 
Farming operations have commenced at the marsh; twelve acres of land have
been 
cleared and partly put under cultivation, and from the present healthy appearance
of 
vegetables now growing it seems to give a favorable guarantee of its future
produc- 
tions. I have had a good wagon road made from the agency to the marsh, and
a strong 
substantial bridge built across the creek; it is 16 feet wide and 200 feet
in length. I 
commenced another road from the agency to the mission, but nof having means
to go 
on with it I was obliged to stop the work. The road is very much needed and
I regret 
not being able to complete it. There have been five comfortable houses built
on the 
reservation for Indians who have expressed their desire to make it their
permanent 
home. I have had a house and barn erected on the high ground convenient to
the 
marsh, southwest from where the ditching of the marsh is now begun. I was
obliged 
to hire white men to do this work, the farmer being mostly employed in the
mill since 
its repair, and the carpenter being busy in repairiug old buildings and ereCting
new ones. 
I find it extremely difficult to retain my employds, from the fact of their
salary being so 
low; they say it is not sufficient to support themselves and families, and
that common 
laborers are getting better paid for less amount of work than is expected
from them. 
Nevertheless, as soon as an employ6 resigns I get another to take his place,
and I have 
now the full number of emplovds, all good men and well adapted for their
respective 
positions. I would again ask the Department to increase their salary or at
least to pay 
them in coin or its equivalent. 
The Indians who were engaged in logging during last winter did not make money
enough to pay their expenses; they are now, however, doing very well. and
hope to 
save as much money as will bring thomselves and families through the winter.
They 
have increased their stock considerably and are highly pleased to see the
large clear- 
ing caused by the logging operations, where their stock may roam at large
during the 
winter with a fair prospect of good pasturage. 
From time to time I am obliged to visit the four reservations pertaining
to this 
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