Agreement with the southern Arapaho, 1873

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Agreement with the southern Arapaho, 1873

Articles of agreement made and concluded at the city of Washington, this 18th day of November, 1873, by and between Edward P. Smith, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, on the part of the United States, and the undersigned chiefs and headmen, delegates in behalf of and representing the Arapahoe tribe of Indians, they being thereto duly authorized by the said tribe, viz.

ARTICLE I.

In consideration of and in full compensation for the cession made by the Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes of Indians, in an agreement between said tribes and the United States, made and concluded this day, and in lieu thereof, the United States agree to set apart for the absolute use and undisturbed occupation, and as the future home of the Arapahoe tribe of Indians, all the lands in the Indian Territory embraced within the following-described boundaries: Commencing at a point in the middle of the main channel of the Canadian River, eighteen (18) miles east of the ninety-eighth (98) degree, west longitude; thence north to the middle of the main channel of the Cimarron River (sometimes called the Red Fork of the Arkansas River); thence up said Cimarron River, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to the point where it is crossed by the thirty-seventh (37th) parallel of north latitude; thence west on said parallel, the said line being the southern boundary of the State of Kansas, to the one hundredth (100th) degree west longitude; thence south on the line of said one hundredth degree to the Canadian River; thence down the middle of the main channel thereof to the place of beginning.

ART. II.

It is distinctly understood and agreed that any Arapahoes now absent, or living north of the Platte River, who may hereafter desire to come and live upon said lands as their future home, shall be permitted to do so upon equal terms and conditions with these Indians hereto assenting.

ART. III.

The United States hereby agree to furnish to the Indians annually the following employees: A physician at a salary of twelve hundred dollars; a chief clerk, farmer, carpenter, miller, engineer, and a blacksmith, each at a salary of one thousand dollars; and a commissary clerk, at a salary of eight hundred dollars.

ART. IV.

The United States, in order to insure the civilization of the tribe, agree to appropriate five thousand dollars annually for the education of said Indians, the expenditure thereof to be made under such rules and regulations as the Commissioner of Indian Affairs shall deem best for their improvement.

ART. V.

This instrument shall be obligatory on the contracting parties as soon as the same shall be ratified by Congress and approved by the President.

In testimony whereof the said Edward P. Smith, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, on behalf of the United States, and the undersigned chiefs and headmen, delegates of the Arapahoe tribe of Indians, on behalf of said Indians, parties to this agreement, have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals at the place and on the day and year hereinabove written.

Powder Face, Chathane, his X mark.
Yellow Bear, Ni-ah-ne-che, his X mark.
Little Wolf, Kah-me-nah-che, his X mark.
Medicine Pipe, Et-che-nat-che, his X mark.
Fool Dog, Eth-non-a-the, his X mark.

Edward P. Smith.
Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Witnessed by:

H. R. Clum.

John D. Miles,
United States Indian Agent.

E. Guerrier,
Interpreter.

Margaret Mcadams,
Interpreter.

John F. Williams.