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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1865
([1865])

Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs,   pp. [1]-57 PDF (27.2 MB)


Page 57

REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS.              57 
was added and placed in market on the 28th of last February a portion of
the 
diminished reserve, making-the whole amount placed in the market about 
339,772 acres; the whole number of acres now remaining unsold being about
70,000 Should this land realize at public sale anything like its real value,
there will be something left to be used for the benefit of the tribe; but
very 
little, apparently, in comparison with what might reasonably have been expected
from the sale of so large a body of land in Kansas. 
Of the lands of the Sacs and Foxes of the Missouri and Iowa, in Nebraska,
there were placed in market 32,098 acres, of which 21,225 acres have been
sold, realizing the sum of $33, 057 50, leaving 10,873 acres yet unsold.
Of 
the amount received $5,740 91 has been paid for bridges, surveying, &c.,
and 
the balance is partly invested for the benefit of the tribes, and part is
in the 
United States treasury. 
Of the lands of the Kansas tribe, the number of acres offered for sale was
169,268,49; of which there have been sold 35,491.32 acres, realizing the
sum 
of $50,994 47, which has been paid in certificates of indebtedness of the
tribe; and there remains unsold land to the amount of 133,777.17 acres. There
still remain outstanding certificates of indebtedness to the amount of $121,013
99, 
after the payment of which, if the sales of the remainder of the land should
be 
successful, there will remain a considerable sum for the benefit of the tribe.
Of the Winnebago lands there have been put in market by this office 
140,776 84 acres, and by the General Land Office 53,654 23 acres, making
in 
all 194,431.17 acres. Of these lands this office has sold 98,189.20 acres,
re- 
ceiving therefor in cash $120,532 92, and in certificates of indebtedness
and 
interest thereon $162,500 42, making in all $283,033 34. 
The General Land Office has sold 32,148.04 acres, receiving in cash $82,146
14. 
Total amount sold 130,337.24 acres, leaving unsold 64,093 93 acres. This
land may reasonably be expected to realize $120,000, the average quality
being 
probably not so good as that already sold. 
The total amount of certificates of indebtedness issued is $278,361, and
there are still outstanding certificates unpaid to the amount of $27,881
62; so 
that when the lands shall have all been sold, there will probably remain
nearly 
$100,000 for the benefit of the tribe. 
Having thus presented a summary of the affairs of the various tribes under
the 
charge of this office, and such suggestions in regard to their condition,
welfare, 
and improvement, as I have deemed appropriate, I have but to refer you to
the 
accompanying papers for details, and to conclude with the assurance that,
rely- 
ing upon your sympathy with all honest efforts exerted for the benefit of
the 
Indian race, I shall devote my utmost energies to the end that their interests
may receive no detriment while they remain under my charge. I hope, indeed,
to effect much real good for this interesting people. 
Respectfully submitted: 
D. N. COOLEY, Commissioner. 
Hon. JAMES HARLAN, 
Secretary of the Interior. 
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