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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1856
([1856])

[Northern superintendency],   pp. 34-65 PDF (12.8 MB)


Page 60

SIOUX OF THE MISSISSIPPI. 
Iron, steel, coals, &c.  -  . . . . 
3 dwelling houses  . .  .    .   . 
1 cook house  . .  .    .    .   . 
1 store house  . . .    .    .   . 
2 stables  .   .   .    . 
786 acres of land broken  . . .  . 
16 houses built for Indians and chieFs  -  - 
Physician's salary, three and a quarter years  - 
Medicines and instruments  . . . . 
4 farmers, three and a quarter years  -  -  - 
Provisions, three and a quarter years, for employs  - 
Lumber    .    .   .    .    .   . 
26 yoke of oxen  . .    .    .   . 
3 span of horses  _  _  _    _   _ 
4 sets of harness  . ..          . 
3 wagons  .    .   .    .    .   . 
30 ox chains and yokes . . . .   - 
Agricultural implements  . . .   . 
Transportation of provisions, &c.  -  -  - 
500 acres, part cross-ploughed and part harrowed in 
1855, and 700 acres, part cross-ploughed and part 
harrowed in 1856  . .  .   .    . 
Making roads  - . .    .    . 
1 saw and 1 flouring mill at Redwood Falls -  - 
Hauling for government paid to Gov. Gorman by con- 
tractor for transport  . . . .  . 
Total estimate of work done 
-       4 
$600 
8,600 
800 
200 
200 
4,323 
1,600 
3,250 
400 
7,800 
4,600 
1,800 
3,600 
1,000 
120 
300 
200 
3,000 
4,500 
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3,600 00 
400 00 
6,000 00 
470 00 
67,343 00 
I trust this unpleasant detail will be sufficiently apologized for by 
my anxiety otr, Ihe welfare of the Indians, and my feeling that it is 
my imperative duty not to withhold the truth. 
I am, sir, yours, very respectfully, 
P. PRESCOTT, 
Superintendent farming for Sioux. 
P. S.-It is generally believed by the people of this Territory that 
most of the improvements here, such as building roads, bridges, fences, 
&c., have been done by the United States government. This is not 
the fact; all the works here, and even carrying the mail from Fort 
Ridgely to Yellow Medicine, a distance of forty-eight miles, has been 
done with Indian moneys. 
Your most obedient servant, 
P. PRESCOTT, 
Superintendent farming for Sioux. 
Major RICHARD G. MURPHY, 
United States Indian Agent. 
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