Agreement with the southern Arapaho, 1872

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Agreement with the southern Arapaho, 1872

Articles of agreement made and concluded this twenty-fourth day of October, A.D. 1872, at Washington, DC., by and between the United States of America, represented by Francis A. Walker, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, of the one part, and the Arapaho tribe of Indians, represented by the undersigned, their chiefs and head-men, duly authorized and empowered to act for the tribe, of the other part, witnesseth:

Article first.

The said Arapaho tribe of Indians hereby cede and relinquish to the United States all right, title, and interest in and to the reservation, or to any part thereof, set apart for the said Arapahos and for the Cheyennes, by the second article of the treaty concluded October 28, 1867, at Medicine Lodge Creek, in the State of Kansas, described as follows, viz: Commencing at the point where the Arkansas River crosses the 37th parallel of north latitude; thence west, on said parallel, the said line being the southern boundary of the State of Kansas, to the Cimarron River (sometimes called the Red Fork of the Arkansas River); thence down said Cimarron River, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to the Arkansas River; thence up the Arkansas River, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to the place of beginning.

Article second.

In consideration of the cession and relinquishment embraced in the foregoing article, it is agreed that there shall be set apart for a reservation for the said Arapaho tribe of Indians, as long as they shall occupy and use the same, a tract of country bounded as follows, to wit: Commencing at a point in the middle of the main channel of the North Fork of the Canadian River, ten miles east of the 98th meridian of west longitude; thence up the middle of the main channel of the said North Fork to a point where the present trail from the Upper Arkansas Indian Agency, so called, to Camp Supply, crosses the said stream; thence due north to the middle of the main channel of the Red Fork of the Arkansas River; then down the said river, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to a point in said channel ten miles east of the 98th meridian of west longitude; thence south to the place of beginning.

Article third.

The said Arapahoes agree to receive among them upon the reservation provided for by the preceding article the Pacer band of Apaches (now confederated with the Kiowas and Comanches), and agree that the members of this band shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges with the members of the Arapaho tribe.

In testimony whereof, the parties to this agreement hereunto subscribe their names and affix their seals on the day and year first above written, October 24, 1872.

F. A. Walker,
Party of the First Part.

Big Mouth, his X mark.
Left Hand, his X mark.
Heap O'Bears, his X mark.
White Crow, his X mark.
Yellow Horse, his X mark.
Black Crow, his X mark.
Chiefs and Head-men representing Arapaho Tribe, Party of the Second Part.

Witnesses:

Henry E. Alvord, Special Commissioner.
Philip McCusker, Interpreter.
John Poisell, his x mark, Interpreter.