Locating Indian Reservations

On June 14, 1869, President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Edward M. McCook to replace Alexander Hunt as Governor of Colorado Territory. In this capacity, McCook was also in charge of Indian affairs for the territory.
          A few months after taking office, Governor McCook prepared his first Annual Report to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. In it he expressed his pointed views on government policy regarding location of Indian reservations.

“As to the policy of isolating the Indians in order to civilize them…in my opinion the best way to accomplish this object would be to bring them in direct contact with the highest standard of civilization instead of placing them entirely beyond its influence. I think the settlement of these untutored tribes in the vicinity, say of Boston, where they would daily be thrown in contact with what is claimed to be the most cultivated community on this continent, would be more likely to bring about the desired end than a complete isolation from these powerful and beneficent influences.”

Edward M. McCook
Governor and ex officio Superintendent Indian Affairs
C.T. (Colorado Territory)

From the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior for the Year 1869


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