Paying The Head Chief

U.S. Indian Agent Wilson M. Stanley prepared to leave his position shortly after the Ute delegation left Los Pinos, Colorado for Washington, D.C. on January 29, 1879.  As one of his final acts, Stanley submitted to the Indian Bureau a voucher for payment of Chief Ouray’s salary for the fourth quarter of 1879.  Ouray had gained this government paycheck through the 1873 Brunot Agreement in which the Utes gave up a section of their reservation in the gold-rich San Juan Mountains. Below is the Treasury Department record of that paycheck.Source: National Archives, Indian Agent Correspondence files

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