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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1855
([1855])

[New Mexico Indians],   pp. 186-192 PDF (2.8 MB)


Page 190

REPORT OF THE 
these are decided I fear the lawyers engaged and the officers of the 
courts will have claims for fees sufficient to cover all that the two 
pueblos are worth. 
After concluding the treaties of peace with the Mohuache Utahs and 
Jicarilla Apaches, these Indians surrendered to me four Mexican boys 
who had been made prisoners during hostilities, who have been re- 
stored by me to their friends. I also delivered to the Jicarillas three 
of their people made captive by our troops, and will in a few days re- 
store to the Mohuaches several children of this tribe captured by us. 
Within the last year I have enclosed to you a large amount of 
claims of the citizens of this Territory for depredations charged to 
have been committed by the Indians. Many of these claims are doubt- 
less good and valid against the government, and as the claimants are 
in many instances poor, and can illy afford to wait longer for their 
money, I would recommend their speedy adjustment. And as it is 
utterly impossibly for the Indians to make restitution or satisfaction 
for these depredations, and to make a demand as the law requires 
would prove a source of great irritation, and would be attended with 
some cost, without any corresponding benefit arising therefrom, I 
would respectfully recommend that the intercourse act be so amended 
as to dispense with demands for satisfaction of claims arising previous 
to the conclusion of the late treaties. 
I herewith enclose you the annual reports of Agents Dodge and 
Myers, the only two thus far received, and also my annual estimates. 
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
D. MERRIWETHER, 
Governor and Sup't of Indians Affairs in New Mexico. 
Hon. G. W. MANYPENNY, 
Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington City, D. C. 
No. 95. 
[Translation.] 
ABIqu AGENCY, NEW MEXIC0, 
Calon de Beano, August 31, 1855. 
Sip: I have the honor to report that, about the first of this month, 
I collected the Capote Utahs and the principal men of the Navajoes 
that live in the Capote Utah country. 
I brought these Indians into my agency at Abiquiu on the 8th in- 
stant, where they were to meet his excellency Governor Merriwether, 
and after they had expressed their desire to remain at peace with the 
United States, all the principal men of the tribe signed a treaty of 
peace with pleasure, as presented to them by his excellency, obligating 
themselves to commence cultivating the soil in the spring of the com- 
ing year. 
They understood me, and were satisfied with each article of the 
treaty. 
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