57. Modifications in the Indian Department, February 27, 1851
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83 elevating them to a position, moral and social, similar if not equal to our own. . . . [Senate Executive Document no. 1, 31st Cong., 2d sess., serial 587, pp. 35–37.] 57. Modifications in the Indian Department February 27, 1851 In 1851 Congress provided a new arrangement of superintendencies and agencies east of the Rockies and north of New Mexico and Texas. It also authorized agents for New Mexico and Utah territories and extended the provisions of the trade and intercourse acts over those regions. An Act making Appropriations for the current and contingent Expenses of the Indian Department . . . . . . . . Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That from and after the thirtieth day of June next, all laws or parts of laws now in force, providing for the appointment or employment of superintendents of Indian affairs, of whatever character, for any of the Indian tribes east of the Rocky Mountains, and north of New Mexico and Texas, shall be, and the same are hereby repealed; and that the President be, and he is hereby, authorized by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint three superintendents of Indian affairs, for said Indians, who shall receive an annual salary each of two thousand dollars, and whose duty it shall be to exercise a general superintendance over such tribes of Indians as the President of the United States, or the Secretary of the Department of the Interior may direct, and to execute and perform all the powers and duties now assigned by law to superintendents of Indian affairs: Provided, That the governor of Minnesota shall continue to be, ex officio, superintendent of Indian affairs, for that Territory until the President shall otherwise direct. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That hereafter all Indian treaties shall be negotiated by such officers and agents of the Indian department as the President of the United States may designate for that purpose, and no officer or agent so employed shall receive any additional compensation for such service. Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That in lieu of the twenty-three agents and subagents , heretofore employed for the Indians east of the Rocky Mountains, and north of New Mexico and Texas, the President be, and he is hereby, authorized by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint eleven Indian agents, who shall each receive an annual salary of fifteen hundred dollars; and, also, six other agents, with an annual salary each of one thousand dollars, whose appointments shall take effect from and after the thirtieth day of June next; and the said agents shall execute and perform all the powers and duties now assigned by law to Indian agents. Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the President be authorized, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint four agents for the Indians in the territory of New Mexico, and one agent for those in the territory of Utah, who shall receive an annual salary each of fifteen hundred and fifty dollars, and perform all the duties of agent to such Indians or tribes, as shall be assigned them by the Superintendents of Indian Affairs for these territories respectively, under the direction of the President, or the Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the superintendents and agents to be appointed under the provisions of this act, before entering upon the duties of their respective offices, shall give bond in such penalties and with such security, as the President or Secretary of the Interior may require, and shall hold their offices respectively for the term of four years. Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That all the laws now in force, regulating trade and intercourse with the Indian tribes, or such provisions of the same as may be applicable, shall be, and the same are hereby, extended over the Indian tribes in the Territories of New Mexico and Utah. . . . [U.S. Statutes at Large, 9:586–87.] ...


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