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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I

Report of the Indian inspector for Indian territory,   pp. 705-792 PDF (36.9 MB)

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MUSKOGEE, IND. T., October 7, 1905. 
SIR: In compliance with instructions, I have the honor to submit 
the seventh annual report of the United States Indian inspector for 
Indian Territory, covering the fiscal year ended June 30, 1905. 
Section 27 of the act of Congress approved June 28, 1898 (30 Stat. 
L., 495), provides: 
That the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to locate one Indian inspector
in the Indian Territory, who may, under his authority and direction, perform
any duties required of the Secretary of the Interior by law relating to affairs
The inspector, actfng under direction of the Secretary of the 
Interior, exercises general supervision over the offices of the United 
States Indian agent, Union Agency; superintendent of schools for 
Indian Territory and his assistants, revenue inspectors, mining 
trustees, town-site commissioners and general town-site work, and 
other matters under the jurisdiction of the Interior Department out- 
side of the duties devolving directly on the Commission to the Five 
Civilized Tribes. 
All correspondence to and from the Department with the above 
officials passes through the inspector, who is required to submit report
and recommendation thereon, such reports to be forwarded to or 
through the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for his consideration. 
The inspector is also required to make frequent special investiga- 
tions and reports as required, to see that the instructions of the De- 
partment are carried out and the various tribal laws enforced, and 
to keep the Department advised as to matters requiring consideration. 
The anual'reports of the superintendent and supervisors of schools, 
and mineral trustees of the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations are sub- 
mitted herewith, to which attention is invited. 
Mr. J. Blair Shoenfelt resigned his position as Indian agent, Union 
Agency, July 1, 1905, and was succeded by Mr. Dana H. Kelsey, 
formerly chief clerk in the office of the inspector for Indian Territory.
In order that the conditions in the Indian Territory in the past 
and the changes made by Congressional legislation may be under- 
stood, the following brief statement is necessary. 
The Indian Territory covers an area of some 19,000,000 acres, and 
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