Frederick Dodge was an
Indian agent assigned to the western part of the Utah Territory, the part
that would become Nevada. In 1860 he submitted an annual report to
the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. The report contains a great deal
of information about the native people and their living conditions, as
well as Dodge's assessment of the ability of the various tribes to adapt
to changed living conditions. For example, he thought the Paiutes
would make good farmers. And he sincerely believed that Native Americans
would have a much better life if they lived on reservations.
Dodge was very concerned
by the poverty and starvation that he had witnessed. He shared his
concerns, and much of what he considered the source of the problem, with
the Commissioner in his report. Dodge even wrote a poem about the
dire circumstances of the native people.
Click the next four links
to hear excerpts from the annual report.
Reader: Bob Nylen
Nevada State Museum