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California 425 --------------------------------Nelson Van Tassel [unclear]Votturs[/unclear] - Red Bluff, Cal. Feb 28 / 59 --------------------------------As for the removal of Nome Lacke Indian Reservtion, or the removal of Agent Geiger, &c --------------------------------Respectfully referred to the Commissioner Indian Affairs. Interior } March 30 / 59 } Moses Kelly, [unclear]C? clk[/unclear] --------------------------------Received March 30, '59

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---------------------------------Received 30 March [unclear]'59[/unclear] [unclear]Wm.[/unclear] Bailey

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J. Thompson

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To the Honorable Secretary of the Interior

Greeting: The undersigned, being citizens of Tehama County, California, and residents of the portion of said county lying contiguous to the Nome Lackee Indian Reservation, beg leave to state to your Honor, that we are aggreived, in consequence of the location of said reservation in our immediate neighborhood for the following reasons, to wit:

First - that the Indians on said Reservation are few in number, and at peace with the whites, committing no further depredations than those of killing hogs and young calves.

Second - the lands occupied by said Reservation are among the best in our State, and capable of subsisting a valuable community of settlers, who would afford within themselves a much [illegible] and better protection against such attacks, than any that has heretofore or is likely hereafter, to be extended to us by the General Government.

Third - In the establishment of the present system of reservations in California, it was the intention and belief of its projectors, that within three years the Indians would maintain themselves by their own labor, and that in our opinion they are now and have been for years able so to support themselves, had they been allowed the privilege of working for wages in the neighborhood, where employment would have

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been afforded them at renumerative prices, in the absence of such restraints.

Fourth - That by reference to a plat of said Reserve, it will be seen that it lies in such a shape as to extend its evil influences several miles further than it would if it all lay in a single body.

Fifth - That the Agent will not allow settlers to locate within one mile of the Reservation lines, which, from the peculiarity of their location, enables him to virtually occupy several-fold the quantity of land designated in the survey, to the great detriment of all [classes?] and hindrance to the growth and prosperity of our county.

Sixth - that under the management of the present Agent, V. E. Geiger, and the whorthless horde whom he employs, the establishment has become a disgrace and a nuisance.

Seventh - That Mr. Geiger, who, from his position as Agent, we are obliged, from force of circumstances, to admit into our houses and into the presence of our families, has brought disgrace upon his office by habitually living in a state of open adultery with a white prostitute, while the menials whom he keeps hovering around him, instead of endeavoring to elevate and improve the character and condition of the Indians are dragging them down to a level with themselves by compelling the squaws, even in the presence of their Indian husbands, to

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submit to their lecherous and beastly desires; and further, that they have introduced among them diseases of the most loathsome character, with which the employees, hangers-on and Indians are and have for a long time been continually afflicted, and that much of the medicine furnished by Government for the use of the Indians has been used by the whites; and that by this disgraceful conduct on the part of the Agent and others, the establishment has been brought into bad repute and made a mockery and a by-word insomuch that it has earned and acquired the appelation of "The Government Hore House," exerting in community a blighting influence against morality and good behaviour, and setting a frightful example before our children and young people.

In consideration of the above facts, and many more that we might enumerate, we earnestly ask that you will use the power vested in you for the abatement of this moral leper, or at least that it be removed beyond the pale of our thickly settled districts, or if such a course does not meet your approval, that you use means for the removal of the present incumbent, who, in addition to the vices above enumerated, is an habitual drunkard, and cause to be appointed in his stead a man of better habits and business capacity.

P.S. If a petition be necessary to the furtherance of the above objects, we believe

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