Agreement with the southern Cheyenne, 1873

Agreement with the southern Cheyenne, 1873

Articles of agreement made and concluded at the city of Washington this eighteenth day of November, eighteen hundred and seventy-three, 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 Cheyenne tribe of Indians, they being duly authorized by 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 Cheyenne 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 Arkansas River, opposite the mouth of the Cimarron River, sometimes called the Red Fork of the Arkansas River; thence up the Arkansas River, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River; thence up the said Salt Fork, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to Medicine Lodge Creek; thence up said creek to the point where it is crossed by the thirty-seventh (37th) parallel of north latitude; thence on said parallel— the said line being the southern boundary of the State of Kansas-to the Cimarron River; thence down the Cimarron River, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to the place of beginning.

ART. II.

It is distinctly understood and agreed that any Cheyennes 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 those Indians hereto assenting.

ART. III.

The United States further agree, whenever the Indians of this tribe that are now north shall join those in the Indian Territory, to construct at its own expense at or near the cattle-trail, at such place as the agent may select, where timber and water may be convenient, the following buildings, to wit: An agency building for the residence of the agent, to cost not exceeding three thousand dollars; a schoolhouse or manual-labor building, to cost not exceeding five thousand dollars; a commissary building, for the use of the agent in storing goods belonging to the Indians, to cost not exceeding ten thousand dollars; a saw-mill, to cost not exceeding five thousand dollars; and six other buildings, as residences for a physician, carpenter, farmer, blacksmith, miller, and engineer, each to cost not exceeding two thousand dollars. And also to furnish annually to the Indians, the following employés: A physician, at a salary of twelve hundred dollars; a chief clerk, farmer, carpenter, miller, engineer, and 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, annually, five thousand dollars 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 Cheyenne 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 hereinbefore written.

Stone Calf, Ho-ho-man-muck-si, his X mark.
Little Robe, Tah-ke-ome, his X mark.
Whirlwind, Whir-ne-tash-tum-asht, his X mark.
White Shield, Who-po-hevest, his X mark.
Pawnee, Hon-a-ehte, his X mark.
White Horse, Who-po-ume, his X mark.

Edward P. Smith.
Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Witnesses:

H. R. Clum.

E. G. Guerrier,
Interpreter.

John D. Miles,
United States Indian Agent.

Margaret McAdams,
Interpreter.

John F. Williams.