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

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goods, &c., to go forward from St. Louis immediately, or whether they
should remain there until the necessary provision can be made for 
their storage in the Indian country or elsewhere. And your determi- 
nation of this question should be communicated to the contractors for 
transportation of them at once. 
It will be observed that in confiding the discretion hereby vested in 
you it is not expected that any goods or presents will be delivered to 
the Indians known to have been engaged in the massacre near Lara- 
mie or the murder of the mail party, or any other bands who may be 
believed by you to be hostile to the United States. 
The instructions for the guidance of yourself and colleagues in your 
negotiations with the Indians who may meet you at Fort Benton will 
be made out and forwarded to ybu at St. Louis at an early day. 
I would also state that it is the desire of the department you should, 
on all proper occasions, act in conjunction with the officers who have 
been, or may be, entrusted by the Secretary of War with the direction 
,of a military expedition against the hostile Sioux, by imparting to 
them such information and advice as may tend to facilitate their ope- 
Tations, and co-operating with them in such way as may be agreeable 
-to both parties. 
As I have declined to accept the bid of Mr. John Campbell for the 
transportation to Fort Benton, on account of deeming it too high, it 
will become necessary for you at once to make arrangements for the 
transportation, and, if practicable, at a cost within the limits of tho 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
A. CUMMING, Esq., 
Superintendent Indian Affairs. 
No. 105. 
Oftice Indian Affairs, lJMay 3, 1855. 
GENTLEMEN : Referring to previous communications in regard to your 
appointment as commissioners to hold a council with the Blackfeet 
and other Indian tribes residing on the headwaters of the Missouri 
river, and in that vicinity, I have now to advise you more particular- 
ly in regard to the character of the treaty or treaties it will be the 
duty of the commissioners to negotiate. The principal objects to be 
attained by the proposed negotiations are, the establishment of well 
defined and permanent relations of amity with all the most numerous 
and warlike tribes in that remote region of country, both between the 
Indians and the United States, and between the tribes as among 
themselves.  Whatever stipulations are best adapted to effectuate 
these objects should be incorporated in the articles you may conclude, 
and these stipulations should be of such a description as the peculiar 
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