State of Nebraska - Genealogy Trails




Indian Problems



Red Man's Troubles Aired




Buffalo Bill's Indians Have An Interview With the Assistant Commissioner


They have Promised a Rigid Investigation Into the Matters by Proper Agents


Chinese Laborers Who Have Overstayed Their Must Go Home


Miles Is on Hand








Washington World- Herald Bureau

Room 23 Post Building

Washington, D. C., October 4


A conference held yesterday between Assistant Indian Commissioner Smith and Buffalo Bill's Sioux Indians showed that the Indians have many grievances against the government concerning the affairs at the reservation.


Many questions were propounded by Rock Bear which afforded additional proof of the wily characteristics of the Sioux. As a result of the conference an investigation will be made as to the right of Jarlett Richards, a beef contractor, to graze 4,000 or more head of cattle on the Sioux reservation, and a promise was secured that no more of the old Indians of their tribe would be arrested under the Edmunds anti-polygamy act, such arrests being a source of revenue to the United States officers, but it was decided that he Indian agent in charge should endeavor to prevent the younger Indians from taking unto themselves more than one wife. Rock Bear's assertion that further arrests under this act would be made in the Black Hills exacted the promise that the matter would be looked into.


Freight Rates and Rations


Other complaints regarding the reduction in freight rates and rations were explained satisfactorily. Throughout the conference the Indians expressed the highest regard for Colonel Cody and Major Burke, and declared the treatment received from the exceeded their expectations.


Collector Wise at San Francisco has been instructed by Acting Secretary Hamlin to deport all Chinese who were admitted as laborers for the mid-winter exposition. The Chinese under the law were entitled to remain one year, but have overstayed this time. A month ago the Chinese laborers had it announced to the treasury department that they had departed, but this has been discovered to be a Chinese trick to throw the authorities off the track.


A telegram was received at the war department today from General Miles, stating that he would report for duty at Washington tomorrow.


South Dakota Lands


Commissioner of the General Land Office Lamoreaux, in his report for the fiscal year, says that twenty lists of selections by the state of South Dakota, on account of grants in aid of educational and charitable institutions, embracing 268,410 acres, were patented to the state. In the same state there are 101,767 acres of land emb raced in the Indian and miscellaneous patents issued. The area covered by the surveys in the state which were accepted by the office during the year is 1,481,460 acres, and for this work $9,630 was allo0tted out of the appropriation for surveys of public lands.


The survey also embraced the ceded Sioux lands in Nebraska, immediately south of the state line between that state and South Dakota, an for a survey of that part of the abandoned Fort Randall military reservation lying in Nebraska.


Six contracts were also let for surveys on the Lower Brule, Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations, these to be paid out of the appropriation for surveys of allotted and reservation lands.


Black Hills Survey


The surveyor general for South Dakota, in his annual report to the commissioner, makes a strong recommendation for a survey of the Black Hills country, saying that the mineral and other monuments erected many years ago are fast being obliterated, and these monuments can seldom be relied upon as giving all accurate location of the land. There is great increase in mining activity in the Black Hills region, and as claims are now running very close together it is necessary to hav at least the exterior lines of the townships surveyed.


The commissioner estimates that there are in the state of South Dakota 11,012,542 acres of surveyed land and 2,619,428 acres of unsurveyed vacant public land. No mention is made of Nebraska in the report other than the letting of the contract for the resurvey of Grand and Hooker counties, as provided for in the appropriation bill of 1894 and the acceptance of the marking of the boundary between that state and South Dakota.





Omaha World Herald - October 5, 1895