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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1884
([1884])

Report of agent in Kansas,   pp. 101-102 PDF (990.2 KB)


Page 101

REPORT OF AGI NT IN       KANSAS.                 101 
they need. The Indians have worked very well this season; they have done
a good 
deal of plowing, and while a few years since it was a rare thing to see them
at work, 
it is now no unusual sight to see several working together in one field.
They have 
a!so made over 500 rods of wire fence, have built one good frame and several
bark 
houses. The horses and other personal property are valued at about $20,000.
With 
the sale of furs and horses, together with their annuities, they are well
clothed, and 
as their crops furnish them with abundance of food they are content and happy.
The conduct of this tribe during the p..s- year has been exceedingly good.
They 
are a quiet and law-abiding people, and live in harmony with themselves and
with 
their white neighbors, and there has been but little drinking among them
for some time 
past. 
These Indians have made considerable progress, botbi in e lucation and civilization,
during the past year. A large number can understand and speak English, and
nearly 
all of them both read and write in their own lanunage, while there is a much
better 
feeling manifested in regard to sending their children to school than formerly.
The 
agency industrial day school, under charge of" iss Allie B. Busby, has
been gradn- 
ally growing larger, and many obstacles in the way of its success have been
overcome. 
The women and girls are taught to cut out and make their own garments, some
of 
whom display a good deal of proticiency in this respect, while many of the
children 
evince a good deal of interest in learning. The school is well managed, and
as Miss 
Busby is much liked by the Indians, time alone is needed for her to make
the educat- 
ing of the children of this tribe a grand success. 
Since my last report the health of these Indians has ben very good. I have
to re- 
port only three deaths of grown persons, one of apoplexy, one of old age,
and one of 
consumption. Two children have also died and teu have been born during the
year. 
For honesty and truthfulness our Indians stand above the average white man
with 
the merchants with whom they d,.al. They give no trouble to the State, and
none what- 
ever to the General Government, while I, as their agent and friend, cannot
refrain 
from praising their good conduct, which is so desirable. 
I respectfully inclose herewith the statistical information called for. 
Very respectfully, 
GEO. L. DAVENPORT, 
United States Indian Agent. 
The COI.USSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
POTTAWATOMIE AND GREAT NEMAHA AGENCY, 
September 10, 1884. 
SIR: In compliance with the requirements of the Department, I have to submit
this 
my sixth annual report as Indian agent at Pottawatomie and Great Nemaha Agency.
The following table will acquaint you with the number of Indians at this
agency: 
Pottawatomies ....................... .-----------....---........432 
Kickapoos ........................................-------------------------.243
Iowas ...................................................................134
Sac  and  Fox  of M issouri _......... ... .... ... .... .... ... .... ...
.... ... 92 
Chippewas and Christians.....................------------------------- --.-----
66 
Total.    .     .     .     .     .      .    .     ..----------------------------------------------------------967
It is a rather tiresome task to represent the affairs at this agency again,
having 
rendered five lengthy annual reports prior to this, which have, I believe,
represented 
the characters, location, attained civilization, &c., of the Indians
of this agency, and 
as there cannot be a very great change or advancement in one year at an agency
which has been quietly settled for a number of years, there is therefore
but little to 
report. 
The past year has been fairly prosperous for the Indians; they have attained
an ad- 
vanced stage of civilization and industry compared with their previous life.
They 
are industrious and energetic and give evidence of a true desire to engage
in some em- 
ployment that is sufficiently remnuuerative to aid in their support. There
can be no 
doubt whatever that their advancement is of a substantial character, and
a portion 
of them will become a self-sustaining people in time. There are many Indians
at this 
agency now who are more than self-sustaining, and a number that are considered
rich. 
They have increased their herds of cattle gradually until some individuals
have 
quite respectable nuibers, and are as careful of them us the average white
man. 
There was issued to the Pottawatomie Indians, to the supporters of their
school, from 
the P~ottawatomic school herd last season twenty-nine head of cattle. The
Indians were 
very much plqeased with the cattle, particularly as they were donated to
them front 
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