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

Papers accompanying the report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1874,   pp. [85]-[180] PDF (27.0 MB)


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tances. All things considered, they are of opinion that these 
have so many conflicting interests and jealousies that it is not 
that thAey can of themselves arrive at any unanimous decision 
emises; and that the Government should decide for them that a 
injurious to them and its citizens must be relinquished; but that, 
loud claims that promises made his people by other commis- 
d by Government officers are as yet unfulfilled, a sum of $15,000 
al to that appropriated last year should be appropriated, to be 
i and his people, in the same manner as the previous sum, in pres- 
h as they shall choose, which two sums (or their value in goods) 
all be informed is a full and complete settlement of all claims 
ey have, or think they have, against the Government, and the 
of which terminates completely their right to hunt or roam 
f the Niobrara River. As Spotted Tail makes the same claim 
Cloud as to unfulfilled promises, anappropriation of $10,000 
al to that voted by Congress at its last session should be made 
half. 
hairman dissents from his colleagues in regard to the course 
ommended, because he doubts whether "1the unfulfilled prom- 
which the Indians complain were ever absolutely made, and hold- 
the Government may fairly demand of Indians who are living on 
ty, and to whom it offers $15,000 as an indication of its gener- 
d-will, that they shall do without further inducement what it 
) be essential to their good and that of its own citizens. 
onsolidation of the Red Cloud and Spotted Tail agencies is 
rmded by the commission for the reasons forcibly stated in the 
f the acting chairman to the chairman herewith submitted. (See 
x B.) The chairman is not prepared to join in this recom- 
n, chiefly for the reason that he doubts whether an agent is to 
ompetent to manage so large a number of wild Indians. 
mmissioners concur in approving the selection of West Beaver 
s the site of the new Whetstone agency.  For particulars, 
_ is made to the report of the acting chairman. (Appendix B.) 
io concur in thinking that as the southern Arapahoes and 
es are unsettled and at war, and the northern Arapahoes and 
es are unwilling to go to them, and desire to be merged with 
unds, the Sioux, it is desirable that the action of Congress in 
ippropriation bill, by which the northern Arapahoes and Chey- 
"feit all appropriations made for their benefit unless they remove 
ould be rescinded, and that the agent at Red Cloud should be 
d. to consider the Cheyennes and Arapahoes as part of the 
nd to issue their annuities and rations to them without delay. 
immissioners having completed so far as was possible the busi- 
rusted to them, respectfully ask to be discharged. 
tfully submitted. 
WILLIAM 1I. HARE, 
Chairman. 
WILLIAM H. HARE, 
S. D. HINMAN) 
C. C. COX, 
R. B. LINES, 
Commissioners. 
Hon. (. DELANO, 
MScretary of the Interior. 


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