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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1855

[Central superintendency],   pp. 68-118 PDF (20.8 MB)

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tain Indians who accompanied him to partake in the council. The 
Blackfeet it appears, w k'0h  '       -ctft*ed in various direc- 
tions in quest of buffalo. Mr. Alexander Culbertson, a trader, long 
resident in the country, and well acquainted with the Blackfeet lan- 
guage and manners, being one of Superintendent Cumming's party, 
will, it is supposed, be able, from his great influence with the Black- 
feet, to induce them to meet the commissioners and the mountain 
tribes in an amicable manner. The results of the expedition will in 
due time be reported by Superintendent Cumming on his return. 
It will be seen by the cash accounts of the superintendent, forwarded 
to your office on the 3d inst., that the instructions from your office in
regard to the time when the annuities should be in the hands of the 
respective agents have been rigidly complied with, all having been 
turned over between the 8th and 20th ultimo. 
With great respect, I am, sir, your most obedient servant, 
Clerk to Superintendent Indian Affairs. 
Commissioner Indian Affairs. 
No. 24. 
FORT CLARK,Septenber 12, 1855. 
Sin: In compliance with my duty, as well as common usage, I have 
the honor to present the following as my annual report, showing the 
affairs and condition of the Indian tribes in the Upper Missouri 
I left St. Louis June 6th, on board P. Chouteau, jr., and Co.'s 
steamer "St. Mary's," and arrived at the principal village of the
Yancton band of Sioux Indians June 22d, at a place called and known 
as "Handy's Point," thirty miles above " I L'eau qui Court,"
on the 
northeast side of the Missouri river. These Indians have made this 
point their permanent summer residence, and are raising corn, beans, 
pumpkins, &c., and, when I passed, had the prospect of an abundant 
This band evince a strong desire for improvement, and are on the 
most friendly terms with the whites, and have lately conformed 
strictly to their treaty stipulations. Last fall they surrendered to me 
eight horses and mules, which some of their young men had stolen 
from emigrants on the Platte. They were in very poor condition 
when delivered to me, having received very hard usage. Three of 
them died in a few days after; the rest I had well fed and guarded, 
and afterwards I sold them to the best advantage. After paying for 
their feeding I expended the balance in breaking the soil for their 
use. This band expressed to me their mortification and distress at 
the reckless course pursued by several bands of their tribe, and seem 
much gratified that their " Great Father" has sent his soldiers
and hope that their presence will have the effect of bringing those 

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