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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1904, Part I
([1904])

Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs,   pp. 1-128 PDF (50.3 MB)


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COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
1904, there were on the reservation 1,659 Indians-800 Shoshoni and 
859 Arapaho-leaving 451 Indians who bad not received allotments at 
the time Allotting Agent Nickerson began his work, May 21, 1 90. 
As stated last year, the allotment work was suspended July 3, 1900, 
because of the alleged incompetency and unfitness of a former allot- 
ting agent, and in order that a system of irrigation might be sur- 
veyed and constructed to cover allotments already made and the 
allotments yet to be made.  Under his instructions of November 21, 
1899, George Butler, superintendent of irrigation, reported March 
29, 1901, that the number of allotments under existing ditches and 
possible extensions of the same was about 200, covering 16,000 acres 
of land. These ditches were small ones, 7 in number. He surveyed 
and proposed the construction of the following ditches: North Fork, 
Coolidge, and Subagency ditches south of the Big Wind River, and the 
Ferry and Wind River ditches north of that river, the cost of and 
number of acres covered by each being as follows: 
TABLE 26.-Proposed ditches surveyed on the Shoshoni Reservation, Wyo. 
Name of ditch.             Cost.  Acre. Allotted. Vacant. 
covered. 
North Fork, or No. 1................................. $72,530  10,800  7,139
 3,250 
Coolidge, or No. 2............... .....................  87,537  19,108 
11,368  7,740 
Subagency, or No.3 3........................................... 3,242  7,290
 3,853  3,437 
Ferry, or No. 4 .............................................. 190,702  28,230
 2,936  25,300 
Wind River, or No. 5......................................... 367,000 18,900
 9,468  9,400 
The proposed ditches cover about 438 allotments, 100 of which are 
under existing small ditches. The number of allotments of 80 acres 
each which can be made in the vacant lands under the proposed ditches 
aggregates 614. The total number of possible 80-acre allotments 
under proposed ditches therefore is 1,052. 
The Wind River Ditch survey is a line projected to indicate the 
possibility of reclaiming some 125,000 acres north of Big Wind River. 
As this system of irrigation would be very expensive no steps have 
been taken to carry it into execution. 
It was represented to this Office that any system of irrigation con- 
structed upon that reservation should be confined to lands south of 
the Big Wind River, and that the Indians should be negotiated with 
for the cession of their lands north of that river, since they were 
willing to make such cession to the United States.     Accordingly 
Inspector James MdLaughlin was instructed March 29, 1904, to visit 
these Indians for that purpose, and he concluded an agreement on 
April 21 whereby the Indians ceded to the United States the lands 
within their reservation north of the midchannel of the Big Wind 
River, east and southeast thereof and southeast of the Little Wina 
River and the Popo Agie River, more particularly described as follows: 
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