United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1874
[Nevada], pp. 278-284 PDF (3.7 MB)
282 REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. convinced that the service deserves the best efforts, and could the plan be effected, that an annual or biennial convention of all the Indian agents [should] be held, presided over by the honorable Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Let there be a thorough canvass of the subject and work. Each agent, from his personal stand-point, would be able to benefit and gain benefit from the other, and thus an intelligent and systematic plan be devised that would result in great good as well as perfect harmony. My experience of years' contact with different tribes of Indians justifies the declaration that Indian character in general is alike; and things equal, according to advancement in civilization acquired is one tribe or individual Indian superior to his fellow. I sincerely think that some way, if possible, should be devised to protect the agents in the Indian service from unjust and false attacks. The year past has witnessed these in the most aggravated form. From the Atlantic to the Pacific there has seemed to be a concerted effort to misrepresent and malign the agents. Is this to be continued ? If so, but little time will elapse ere men of unblemished reputation will refuse to engage in this service. They will not sacrifice so much, though the cause be important. But few good and true men are to be found who are willing to place themselves where vindication will be needful, especially as it has been satisfactorily proven that the attacking party never correct their statements by publishing the vindication. I am of the opinion that an easy and sure preventive to this abuse could be secured by adopting the paymaster system--that, in place of the super- intendents and agents being, as they now are, disbursing officers, let payments be made by inspectors, who shall visit each agency once in three months, examine accounts, and pay the same. This plan would add but little expense to the service, and in my humble opinion would exempt the agents from unjust accusations. I should be unwilling to conclude this report without recording my attachment to the Indians of the reservations under my care. If I have labored for ttieir good, it has been amply reciprocated by their fidelity; if I have urged them to diligence, the work accom- plished and results gained have rewarded their obedience. If all has not been accomplished that we hoped, we are thankful that we have done what we could, and our confidence in each other has increased with association. I can but regret that the schools have not been established that would, in some degree, perpetuate and repeat our efforts for all time to come. In this I have been disappointed, from reasons given else where, butt shall hope that some instrumentality will effect the desired object, and the "sower and reaper will rejoice to- gether. " When I entered this service I found in the office but little data that was of value to the incoming agent. This was unwelcome to a stranger just entering upon duties so vexed. I found, however, in the person of Franklin Campbell, esq., (the appointee as farmer upon Walker River reservation,) a man of intelligence and fully conversant with the Indians. Through him I learned much that was of great benefit. I wish that my successor may have the advantage of what I may have learned, and would respectfully recommend that he be appointed sufficiently early that he may reach here some time before the expiration of my term, and I will most cheerfully render him any aid in my power by way of his inaugura- tion. I will introduce him to the Indians, and show him all that I can in the way of office and reservation work. Let him be a man of large heart, one that will take interest in the advancement of the Indians, of kindness and yet firmness, a man that can say no emphat- ically to solicitors, and one not easily discouraged by rebuffs, and I will assure him that no better tribe of Indians can be found, and none that will adhere more tenaciously to him as a friend. I desire to return my gratitude to the Department for the indulgence and confidence ex- tended during the years that I have had this office; also to my employds for efficient aid in the administration of this service, and last, but not least, to the newspapers of Esmeralda and Washoe Counties, where my reservations are located, and the many citizens of Nevada who have encouraged me in my efforts to sustain the policy of good-will toward Indians. I beg the indulgence of the honorable Commissioner for this lengthy report. It being the last under my commission, I have been more elaborate than I otherwise should. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, C. A. BATEMAN, United States Indian Agent, Nevada. Hon. EDW. P. SM TI, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington, D. C. PAI-UrE AGENCY, NEVADA, October 1, l874. SiR: I have the honor to submit herewith my second annual report of this agency. Agreeable to instructions from the Department, I have been absent from my agency a part of the year in visiting other Indians, and otherwise engaged as special commissioner. During this absence, the agency baa been respectively in charge of Dr. H. P. Geib, the physician, and H. C. Cullom, the superintending farmer, to whom great credit is dne tor the success which has attended its management the past year.
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