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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1879
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Report of commission to reappraise Kaw lands in Kansas,   pp. 182-183 PDF (799.1 KB)


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REPORT OF COMMISSION TO REAPPRAISE RAW LANDS IN KANSAS. 
COUNCIL GROVE, KANS., June 15, 1878. 
SIR: The undersigned, commissioners appointed to reappraise the Kaw Indian
lands 
in Kansas, have the honor to submit the following report: 
Pursuant to instructions from your office dated November 30, 1877, the commission
convened in Council Grove, said State, were individually sworn and affirmed,
and se- 
lected Thomas S. Huffaker as chairman of the board. Preliminary to active
field 
operations, careful and thorough inquiry was made in the best informed and
most re- 
liable quarters to ascertain the average depreciation in the prices of real
estate since 
the appraisement of 1872, and the present cash value of lands outside, but
in the vicin- 
ity of the reservation. Full information was also obtained as to the facilities
for trans- 
portation from the Indian lands in question, and the market value of all
agricultural 
productions, and every effort was made to secure reliable data upon which
to base an 
equitable reappraisement. 
Securing the service of a surveyor and flagman the commission entered regularly
upon its field-work and prosecuted the same with all practicable speed. During
the 
winter and a portion of the spring months unprecedented rains and swollen
streams 
greatly retarded our labors, but in view of the magnitude of the task, and
the dif- 
ficulties to be surmounted, we felicitate ourselves upon the dispatch with
which we 
have completed an exceedingly difficult and laborious duty. 
The result of our labors we respectfully submit as follows: 
1st. A schedule embracing all the unpaid-for "trust lands" in said
reservation 
described by the smallest legal subdivision, together with the appraised
value of each 
tract, and a statement of the nature and value of the improvements thereon
(where 
such were found), and the names of the former and present occupants of such
im- 
proved lands. 
2d. A schedule containing a similar description and valuation of all the
unpaid-for 
lands in the "diminished reserve," with a statement of the nature
and value of the 
improvements made thereon by the government, and by individuals, with the
names 
of the former and present occupants thereof. 
3d. An abstract showing the names of all settlers upon, and claimants of,
the "'trust 
lands," with a description and valuation of the tracts claimed by each,
with the 
nature and value of the improvements thereon, and the names of the former
and 
present occupants of the same. 
4th. A journal of the daily proceedings of the commission. 
In all cases where two or more persons claimed the same lands, we have reported
the names of all as contestants, our instructions expressly forbidding us
to take testi- 
mony as to questions of settlement, and, by consequence, priority of right.
The second and third abstracts required by said instructions cannot be furnished,
for the reason that no unclaimed improvements were found upon the "Itrust
lands," 
and no improvements, whatever, made by Indians, were found upon the "diminished
reserve." 
Many improvements, such as buildings, breaking, and fencing, reported by
the com- 
mission of 1872, have since disappeared or become worthless, and do not appear
upon 
the schedules submitted herewith. 
We have the honor to say that, after careful personal inspection of every
tract of 
unpaid-foreland upon the entire Kaw Indian Reservation, we have appraised
the same 
at what appeared to us, acting unanimously in all cases, to be its present
actual cash 
value. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servants, 
T. S. HUFFAKER, 
H. W. JONES, 
M. H. NEWLIN, 
Commissioners. 
Hon. E. A. HAYT, 
Commissioner of Indian Affairs. 
COUNCIL GROVE, KANS., 
December 20, 1878. 
SIR: We, the undersigned, commissioners appointed to reappraise the Kaw Indian
lands in Kansas, have the honor to submit our final report. 
Reassembling here pursuant to instructions from your office dated October
25, 1878, 
we deemed it advisable after full consultation to re-examine some portions
of said 
lands. In this work we spent several days, after which we agreed upon a basis
of 
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