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

Information, with historical and statistical statements, relative to the different tribes and their agencies,   pp. 23-[84] PDF (29.5 MB)


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REPORT OF TIlE COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
with their own teams, and have built fifty houses, thirty during the past
year. The school has an average attendance of over twenty pupils. 
The S'Klallams still object to removal to the reservation, preferring 
rather to forfeit their treaty-rights. Some have leased lands, while a 
portion have purchased a tract which they hold in common. They sup- 
port themselves by working for white settlers and by fishing. A police 
force, organized under the direction of the agent, has materially checked
intemperance among these Indians. 
The recommendation of the secretary of the Board of Indian Commis- 
sioners to bring other Indian bands upon this reservation under a consoli-
dated agency is worthy of serious attention. 
TULALIP AGENCY has five different reservations, the Muckleshoot, 
Port Madison, Swinomish Lumni, and Tulalip, comprising 52,648 acres, 
and with a population of 3,900. 
The Indians here seem to be much kept back by intercourse with the 
whites. 
Inspector Kemble says of the school of 50 students at this place: 
One of the boys read an address of welcome, composed by him, and which bore
the 
signature of each boy in the school. The classes were called for examination,
and made 
a very creditable showing, evincing a very intelligent apprehension of all
they were 
asked to explain. Their cheerful, orderly, deportment would have shamed some
of our 
white schools. I attribute the success of the Tulalip school in a great measure
to the 
devoted efforts of the sisters who are engaged in it. 
A consolidation of these reservations is earnestly recommended by 
the secretary of the Board of Indian Commissioners. 
NISQUALLYIPUYALLUP, &C., AGENCY..-TheChehalis, Shoal- Water Bay, 
Hokeum. Whiskah, Humptalups, Chinooks, Cowlitz, and Klickatats, num- 
bering in all 1,329 Indians, are located on six reservations, in the north-
western part of the Territory. For more particular information respecting
these Indians and the desirableness of the consolidation of their reser-
vations, reference is respectfully made to the above communication 
from the secretary of the Board of Indian Commissioners. 
Respecting Indian agencies in Oregon and Washington Territory, this 
general statement may be made. The past two years have been largely 
spent in adjusting the agencies to their new direct relations to the Office,
resulting from the abolishment of their superintendencies; as a conse- 
quence, there are fewer indications of quickened interest and general 
improvement among these Indians than are found among tribes else- 
where. 
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
EDW. P. SMITH, 
Commissioner. 
Hon. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR6 
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