Early Reservation Life

The Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs offers interesting information about life on early day Indian reservation s. The following data from the 1880 report includes the Los Pinos and the Southern Ute Agencies in Colorado.  There were no reports for the White River Agency for that year and the Bureau noted the agency had been abandoned.

Agent W. H. Berry reported 80 births and 70 deaths among the Utes on the Los Pinos Reservation. Agent Henry Page counted 33 births and 10 deaths on among the Southern Utes.

The Indian Bureau was interested in knowing how well Indians were adapting to the white man’s way of life. One measure was clothing.  Some 800 Utes reported at Los Pinos wore “citizen dress” (white man’s clothing) while just 25 did so among the Southern Utes.

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