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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I
([1905])

Reports concerning Indians in Utah,   pp. 352-355 PDF (1.9 MB)


Page 353

REPORTS CONCERNING INDIANS IN UTAH. 
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that their places will be filled by others and the number remain about the
same as this year. 
The farm work this summer is rather discouraging, owing to the ravages of
the "white fly," which has practically cleaned out the root crops,
but we hope 
for crops of grain and hay. 
The Shivwits Indians continue to improve under the leadership of Mr. Foster
and his wife. All the able-bodied are self-supporting, and very proud of
the 
fact, as are we all. I have just been notified that the house of Buffalo
Bill, 
with all his blankets, guns, and everything in the house, burned down recently.
In view of his wife's condition, she being quite aged, blind, and almost
helpless, 
this is a peculiarly distressing case, and the judges write me requesting
that 
" Miss Work and Government" should give Buffalo Bill "a new
house, blankets, 
stove, anything," which surely ought to be done by some means; but I
smiled 
a little inwardly at the thought of waiting till something could come from
the Government, though they are both worthy and needy. 
Special Agent Allen seems to have smoothed over the smelter troubles, and
also found a definite starter for the boundary between Indians and "Clara
Dutchmen," so that when Mr. Foster returns the fence will be built and
the 
pasture Inclosed. The outlook is promising for these Indians. 
I wish I could say as much for the poor Kaibabs and San Juans. They are 
asking for help of the right kind, as it seems, and a start now, with the
children 
in school learning how to do various kinds of work, would do wonders for
them. 
I trust they may have that start very soon. 
LAURA B. WORK, Superintendent. 
REPORT OF AGENT FOR UINTAH AND OURAY AGENCY. 
WHITEROCKS, UTAH, August 14, 1905. 
This agency is located at a point about 14 miles slightly west of north of
Fort Duchesne, Utah, and at about 10 miles from the foothills of the Uintah
spur of the Wasatch Mountains. The location, so far as regards climate and
altitude, is ideal, but the agency is not centrally located with respect
to all 
Indians of the reservation, the Uncompahgre band of Utes, for the most part,
living from" 20 to 70 miles away. With reference to the Uintah and White
River bands of Utes, the location is accessible to most of the members of
these bands, they living in the immediate vicinity thereof. A subagency has,
however, been maintained at Ouray, Utah, 35 miles southeast of this agency,
and through this arrangement the needs of the Uncompahgre band are readily
recognized. 
Agriculture.-During the past year the Indians of the reservation have en-
gaged in agriculture to a more or less degree, and it is believed that some
advancement has been made in this industry. Their knowledge of such work,
however, is limited, and of necessity the results obtained by them are not
commensurate with the assistance rendered by agency farmers, nor, in fact,
with the amount of work performed by them, economical methods not being 
adhered to even when instructions and assistance are rendered. 
Allotments.-All Indians of the reservation have been allotted land, the last
allotments made to the Unitahs and White Rivers having been completed in
June of the present year. The Uncompahgre Indians are, for the most part,
allotted along the Duchesne River, some few of them, however, having been
placed along Lower White River and in the valleys of the small streams 
tributary thereto. About one-half the members of this band were allotted
by 
a commission in 1897 and 1898, but only 83 of these allotments were ever
approved, being those lying east of Green River. All the Indians of this
band 
not having received allotments in 1897 and 1898 were allotted during the
past 
year on the Uintah Reservation. The Uintah and White River, Indians were
allotted during the past spring and have been given land in the vicinity
of the 
agency at Whiterocks, except about one-fifth who were placed along Lake Fork
Creek on the agricultural lands of the upper Duchesne River. All allot- 
ments which were made during the past year were made by a commission 
appointed for that purpose. Allotments were selected from the very best land
to be found on the reservation, and the quality thereof was obtained by actually
inspecting each tract of 40 acres of all such land available for allotment
and 
IND 1905----23 


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