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California A214 John A. Dreibelbis Red Bluff, Cal. [illegible]

Reports the result of his investigation of the affluence of the different Indian Reservations, the employment of Supervisors, and employees for the same, the amount of money that will be needed to place them in working condition -- Exc. [excluding] inventories of the property belonging to the Mendocino Klamath Reservations & [estimate?] of the indebtedness of the Klamath Reserve, [illegible] of Klamath [due?] employees of [Res?] Mendocino, and [alternate?] [reformed?] Indians on the [illegible] conditions of the Indians of the Mendocino [illegible abbreviation?]

Recd. Dec 31 ' 60 Agcy [Agency] 29 Feb '61

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Red Bluff Nov 22nd 1860

Hon. A.B. Greenwood Commisioner of Indian Affairs

Sir I forward you in separate envelopes Inventory's of the property belonging to the Mendocino and Klamath Indian Reservations, it will be perceived that over one half of the value of the property consists in the products of the soil, reference to the Inventorys will show the condition of the property. I found on the south end of the Mendocino Reserve, and at the mouth of the Noyo River, the establishment of an extensive steam saw mill, in close proximity to the head quarters and, the principal Indian farms, detrimental in my opinion to the best interests of the Reservation, [materially?] damaging the fisheries, a chief source of Indian subsistence, by keeping the stream constantly full of drift wood, besides productive of many other evils that might be mentioned, there are also two stores on the Reserve how permission was obtained I know not either for milling or selling goods on an Indian Rservation. There are on this Reserve about two thousand Indians and produce enough if issued with economy to subsist them

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but one Beef and but a limited quantity of fish. The farming implements are all nearly worn out and; new ones must be procured, and, of clothing the Indians are actually destitude, [destitute] Blankets Pants and shirts, seeds are wanting such as carrot rootabagas [rutabagas] and turnip these cannot be produced here the climate being too damp they do not [purfect?], also a change of oats Barley and potatoes, the present day crop being of the same seed that was at first introduced on the Reserve Less than four labourers cannot conduct this Reservation properly, nor any other, here there should be at least five and a Blacksmith but, the law makes provision for four only, the farms or stations are from three to ten miles apart and are four. to [To] expect one man to govern five hundred Indians compell [compel] them to work, which must be done for of their own accord they will not work, would be to expect impossibility, an Outlay of three thousand will be required to fit up this Reserve into good working condition, clothe the Indians and furnish blankets not to all but to the heads of family and the working hands. I am informed that they have had no clothing for the past year, I appointed Capt. Jno H Smith Supervisor on the 1st day of Sept., and with the assistance of Lieut. Dillon

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who had charge from the time of Mr. Fords death, completed the Inventory of the property on the 3rd day of October, on the same day I discharged the employees but found it necessary for the security of the crop and other property to employ four of them again on the 4th of Oct under the new law of Congress. The accounts of the employees for compensation were presented to me I certified to them finding upon examination of the Labor account and by reference to Lieut. Dillon and others that the services had actually been rendered. There are other accounts not yet presented for expenses incured [incurred] by Lieut. Dillon during the time he was in Charge. as for the sanitary condition of the Indians, I beg leave to refer you to a communication entitled to Credit and, herewith transmitted, from Doctor [Dinan] to Captain Smith. Since the dismissal of Doctor Ames Doctor [Dinnan] out of humanity has attended to many of them. There is more or less disease at all the Reserves except the Klamath where from an Isolated locality they see but few whites An uncontrovertable [incontrovertible] proof that Indians have better health and fare better in every respect, when they are least exposed to contact with whites, the plan of [letting?] Indians to farmers is not practicable to any extent

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Sacramento Valley is the only extensive farming section in my district, all farmers who desired them have long since been working as many as they could profitably employ in some instances they have more and would like to be rid of them, at least all such as are not good able bodied workhands and these frequently when taken sick or otherwise disabled, are turned away or sent to the Reservations. I have had but two applications for Indians since I am in the office.

On visiting the Klamath Reservation I found it in excellent order it has the appearance of a well regulated Plantation the agent Mr. Buel has done himself much credit by his efficient management of this Reservation. It was turned over to me with all the property on the 31st day of October The accounts of the Agent and those of the employees were presented & I certified to them and transmit them herewith. I appointed George W [Terrell?] supervisor and employed four of the former employees as I was assured they had all faithfully discharged their [respective?] duties referense [reference] to the Inventory will show the amount of property and products, very little is required to continue this Reserve prosperously clothes Blankets and a few medicines Twelve Hundred Dollars will be amply sufficient for one year

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