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Indian Problems in Nebraska


The Nebraska newspapers are much astonished with the reports that come to them by telegraph and in the columns of some of their eastern exchanges, regarding the presumed Indian troubles in Nebraska. The newspapers published north and south of the Platte river are unanimous in denying the presence of hostile Indians in their vicinity .


The State Register, of Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska, points out that settlement has now proceeded so far in Nebraska that there is no longer any fear of hostility from Indians; and adduces the fact that the celebrated Fort Kearney has been abandoned as a military post, as conclusive proof that the country thus far west has no need of military protection.


Adams County is in the middle of the State. The Adams County Gazette, published at Juniata, says : "There has been no Indian war whatever in Nebraska. The trouble has all been northwest of as some two hundred miles from here, at the Red Cloud Agency, In Decotah Territory, and even there it has not been of a serious nature. One of our misfortunes has been that the location of this insignificant fuss with the Indians has been made in Nebraska, on account of confounding the Red Cloud Agency with the town of Red Cloud in this State. There are no hostile Indians within our borders; and the whole Indian scare has been a great fraud."


The next county west of Adams is Kearney County. The Weekly Register, which is published in Lowell in that county, says "emphatically," that "there is no danger from Indians in Nebraska. All the disturbances that have occurred are in unceded Indian country—not one at any point legally open to white settlement. Immigrants need have no more fear of Indians here than in their old homes. There is no scare—no fear, and has been none, among any who live in western Nebraska."


We choose these two papers especially, out of many others published in Nebraska, because the editors could not fall to be informed as to the movements of the Indians.


It is the Sioux who have made what trouble there has been; and the Sioux reservations are all outside of Nebraska. If any of these Indians were to raid into Nebraska the news would reach Lowell and Juniata at an early date. The towns are directly on the road of communication between the Republican Valley on the south, and the country of the Loup Fork of the Platte on the north.


When the Indians obtain permission to leave their reservations on hunting expeditions, in the upper valley of the Republican, they pass between Lowell and Juniata; and, if they were to make raids, it would be in the same direction. But, on the authority of the newspapers quoted, they have made no raids, nor are likely to make any.


The Weekly Register adds that the civilians attached to the Indian agencies and military posts in the territories outside of Nebraska, who have been dismissed, or are likely to be dismissed—as a consequence of the attempt of the government to economize—are the authors of most of the sensational letters and telegrams sent from the Indian country. They desire to retain, their situations; and this commends itself to them as the likeliest way.


If there is an Indian scare the government cannot reduce the establishments. But the Register sees no need for the present expenditures in the agencies, holding --in common with the best western men—that the management of the Indians should be remitted to the War Department which will do the work more efficiently and economically than the present Indian agents.

 Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye – Thursday Morning, March 11, 1874