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

[Indians of the territory of Utah],   pp. 195-206 PDF (5.2 MB)


Page 205

COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
Indian and an emigrant that the "big chief at Washington" (mean-
ing the President) hadowntthe.ah.  1.In1ians a large amount of 
presents, and that they had come to receive their portion. He ex- 
pressed considerable cearprise and regret when I told him that he had 
been misinformed, and that no presents had arrived, and that he 
must not believe any more reports of a similar kiiid, until he received 
the intelligence from some of the authorized agents of the govern- 
ment of the United States ; then he might depend that the informa- 
tion was correct. He replied, that the old chief Sawriet had been 
told much by the emigrants to California, which he afterwards found 
to be incorrect, and he hardly knew who to place dependence in. He 
informed me that in so many sleeps (about three weeks) the old chief 
himself would visit me and have a talk; that he was so very old (about 
seventy-five) and tired riding, that he would have to rest himself before
he could see me. After our council had ended, the deputation took a 
view of the city of Provo, which they said had "grown so very big"
since 
they left, two years ago, that they hardly knew that it was the same 
place. After viewing the city they returned to the city of Palmyra, 
(formerly Spanish Fork,) where the old chief was encamped. This 
band, numbering seventy lodges, are the most harmless and friendly 
of any of the Utah Indians. About the beginning of the Indian war 
of 1853, this band would not take part against the whites, and quietly 
left the scene of action, and have not since returned until the present.
About the eighth of this month I was visited by the old chief in per- 
son, who was very friendly, together with Roo-ea-gwosh, (or Horse 
Tail,) Tshare-puegin, (or White-eye,) who made about the same 
statements as the others. The old chief expressed the same disap- 
pointment and regret, saying that he had rode a great distance to re- 
ceive his presents, but said he had been misinformed and that he 
would not complain. He asked me if I would not give him some pre- 
sents, and his band something to eat. I replied that I had none at 
present, but would visit him at his camp on the following Tuesday, 
which was then removed to Springville city, and would comply with 
his request. I arrived at Springville on Monday, but, much to my 
surprise, he and his band had left for Winta Valley. I followed and 
overtook him and band at Spanish Forks, and when interrogated as 
to why he did not remain and receive his presents, he told me that 
some of his young men and squaws had taken some corn from the citi- 
zens of Springville, because they were very hungry, and sooner than 
cause any difficulty he preferred to go without the presents. Accord- 
ing to promise I presented him with a rifle, (he had none,) some am- 
munition, flour, beef, &c., (see vouchers Nos. 4 and 6,) with which he
was highly pleased, saying that he did not expect to return again for 
one or two years, unless the "big chief at Washington should send 
the presents." I then left him well satisfied and in the best of spirits.
In regard to the different bands of Indians located at Palmyra, 
Springville, and Provo, many of them express a desire to engage in 
agricultural pursuits, were any facilities afforded them by government 
for so doing; and I would strongly recommend that the agent in this 
section of the Territory be instructed to select suitable places for the
location of farms, and that practical farmers be employed to conduct 
the same. Pe-teet-weet, the chief of the hand at Palmyra, has made 
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