United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1892
Report of Commission to Crow Indians, pp. 746-748 PDF (1.5 MB)
746 REPORT OF CROW COMMISSION. REPORT OF COMMISSION TO CROW INDIANS. (Act July 13, 1892, 27 Stats., p. 137.) LIVINGSTON, MONT., September 14, 1892. ion. T. J. MORGAN, Commissioner of Indian Affairs. SIR: The Commission appointed to negotiate with the Crow Indians of Mon- tana for a modification of the agreement concluded with said Indians December 8, 1890, and ratified by Congress March 3, 1891, have the honor to submit the following report: We met at the Crow Agency August 24, 1892. After several preliminary talks with the Indians, the agreement herewith transmitted was entered into with them August 27. Nearly every male adult Indian of the Crow tribe took part in the council. According to the last census there are 666 adult male Crows. The inclosed agreement is signed by 436 Indians. The council ratified the treaty unanimously, and the signature of every adult male Crow could doubtless have been secured by following the Indians to their homes, to which they scattered as soon as the council broke up. The Indians were allowed to choose their own interpreters, and the treaty was carefully explained to them, and seemed to be thoroughly understood. The three days subsequent to the conclusion of the treaty were spent by the Commission in making out and delivering to each Indian named in schedule B, a certificate declaring him entitled to the tract of land, or to a selection within the limits of the tract of land, with which his name is connected in said schedule B. Before the unsurveyed selections in schedule B can be surveyed the public land surveys must be extended over a wide tract of conntry, involving much time and expense. With the limited means at the command of the Commission, this was impracticable. The Commission is of the opinion that the rights of the claimants named in Schedule B are fully pro- tected by the provisions of the first and second sections of the agreement here- with transmitted. The tracts of land described in Schedule B are so bounded by natural boundaries, or township or sectional lines, as to be readily identified on the ground. There can be no excuse for trespassing upon them should any one be so disposed. Schedules A and B were compiled from the Crow Land Book; from List A of claims, surveyed by Samuel Bundock, in January, 1891: from List B of allot- ments made in August, 1890, by J. G. Hatchitt, special allotting agent, and from List C of "Indians who made selections on the ceded part of the Crow Reserva- tion in August, 1890,' under the supervision of J. G. Hatchitt. The following persons assisted in the preparation of said schedules: M. P. Wyman, Crow agent; C. C. Kreidler, additional farmer, district No. 5, which district includes the ceded part of the reserve; Bernard Bravo, the interpreter who accompanied Mr. Hatchitt when the allotments and selections were made, and who is thoroughly familiar with the owner and location of each allotment or selection; and George R. Davis, who has lived among the Indians on the ceded part for many years. When there was the slightest doubt as to the proper location of any Indian claimant, the Indian himself was called before the Com- mission and questioned through the interpreters. Schedules A and B were carefully interpreted to the Indians in council, and they were invited to make such alterations or additions as they deemed right. At the request of the Indians the Commission, after due investigation, added the following names to schedule B: Sees the Lion, Snake Bull, He is a People, Medicine Brings Things, Brings Things Always, Grabs the Knife, Big Eyes, Strikes Her Painted Face, Falls Towards Her, Hunts to Die, Her House is Pretty, The Bird Everywhere, Takes the Rider of a Yellow Horse, The Swallow Bird. _ The following-named Indians, included in list C, referred to above, were omitted from Schedule B for the reason that they are dead. The first seven are reported dead by Special Agent Leonard: Gives Things Everywhere (No. 17), Went by the Side of the Enemy (No. 26), Goes to the Camp (No. 30), Kills One Man (No. 42), Little Eyes (No. 86), Walks to the Water (No. 88), Little Old Man (No. 91), Charley Bravo (No. 119), Charley Fisher (No. 120). Antelope, No. 101, list C, is omitted from schedule B, as her name appears on schedule A, No. 98. No such person as Mrs. Peter Hibbart, No. 122, list C, could be found. If there be any such Indian her rights, if any, are, it seems to us, fully protected by section -, severalty act of 1887.
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