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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1874
([1874])

Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs,   pp. [3]-17 PDF (6.6 MB)


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REPORT OP THE COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS.          17 
which shall be expended both honestly and wisely for their benefit, and to
hold steadily to well-defined and carefully prepared methods of treatment,
every year will witness a steady decrease of barbarism and its conse- 
quent danger and annoyance, and a constant accession to the number of 
peaceful and intelligent Indians who shall take their place and part 
as subjects of the United States. Surely this cannot be too much to 
ask and expect of the people of the great republic. The record of the 
past cannot be rewritten, and it is not pleasant to recall. Much of ad- 
ministrative mistake, neglect, and injustice is beyond repair. But for 
Indians now living much of protection and elevation and salvation is 
still not only possible, but feasible and highly promising; and well will
it be if we are wise enough to make the most of the opportunity left to 
deal justly and humanely with these remnants of the first American 
people. 
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