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

[Utah],   pp. 224-236 PDF (5.8 MB)


Page 226

INDIANS INI TE 
condition, and the want, until within a few years, of the benefits and 
advalatages to be derived from intercourse with an exemplary white 
population, their conduct hasbeen far more, commendable than that 
of many tribes who have received, and are still receiving liberal 
appropriations. 
In this connexion, it may not be amiss for me to state that nearly 
two years have elapsed since Congress appropriated      over forty 
thousand dollars for the express purpose of making treaties, &c., 
with the Indians in Utah, that their lands have been traversed by 
government surveying parties now almost a year, and still not one 
dollar of that appropriation has yet been expended within this super- 
intendency, and, for aught I know, is still fast in the coffers at Wash-
ington. Is this just? Has it any.precedent in usage toward tribes 
in any other State or Territory?  More especially when the relative 
conduct, facilities, and advantages of the various tribes are taken 
into account.* 
Dr. Hurt is still absent on his trip to Carson Valley and    the 
neighboring regions, having gone by way of the Humboldt or 
Mary's river. I have received no communication from him since his 
departure, but am informed that he was twenty miles below the 
bridge over Mary's river on the 5th of June; that the Indians met 
with were friendly; that he had made them presents, and that him- 
self and party were well, and making good progress. His absence on 
official duty-will, I presume, satisfactorily account for the non-trans-
mission of his report, since in travelling and camping far from mail 
routes entirely precludes making up and forwarding important docu- 
ments. 
Your letter of May 19, acknowledging the receipt of my ac- 
counts, &c., for 4th quarter of 1854, came to hand on the 28th 
instant. 
The drought and insects of last summer cut off, in a great measure, 
the usual supply of weed seeds, and the crops of the Indians engaged 
in farming, and the severity of the past- winter precluded the cus- 
tomary pursuit of game, which is extremely scarce at best. These 
circumstances will account for the absolute necessity of furnishing an 
unusual amount of provisions to the starving red men, who otherwise 
must have perished through lack of food, and even then many would 
have died had not the whites voluntarily contributed much larger 
aggregate amounts of provisions, which has been invariable the case 
in all our settlements since they were made. It is obvious that aid 
to the Utah Indians should be more liberal, for it is not presumable 
that the government expects her citizens to continually sustain them 
by donations. 
Trusting that my report and accompanying papers will be fount4 
satisfactory, and in due form, and that my constant and strenuous 
efforts to properly and economically carry out that pacific policy 
- Governor Young is-mistaken in this, as the records of the Indian Office
show that 
drafts to the amount of $27,074.80, drawn by himself and Agents Hurt and
Armstrong, 
have been paid-out of this appropriation for Indian purposes in Utah. 
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