Treaty with The Shoshoni - Northwestern Bands
July 30, 1863
Articles of agreement made at Box Elder, in Utah Territory,
this thirtieth day of July, A. D. one thousand eight hundred
and sixty-three, by and between the United States of America,
represented by Brigadier-General P. Edward Connor, commanding
the military district of Utah, and James Duane Doty, commissioner,
and the northwestern bands of the Shoshonee Indians, represented
by their chiefs and warriors:
It is agreed that friendly and amicable relations shall be
re-established between the bands of the Shoshonee Nation,
parties hereto, and the United States, and it is declared
that a firm and perpetual peace shall be henceforth maintained
between the said bands and the United States.
The treaty concluded at Fort Bridger on the 2nd day of July,
1863; between the United States and the Shoshonee Nation,
being read and fully interpreted and explained to the said
chiefs and warriors, they do hereby give their full and free
assent to all of the provisions of said treaty, and the same
are hereby adopted as a part of this agreement, and the same
shall be binding upon the parties hereto.
In consideration of the stipulations in the preceding articles,
the United States agree to increase the annuity to the Shoshonee
Nation five thousand dollars, to be paid in the manner provided
in said treaty. And the said northwestern bands hereby acknowledge
to have received of the United States, at the signing of these
articles, provisions and goods to the amount of two thousand
dollars, to relieve their immediate necessities, the said
bands having been reduced by the war to a state of utter destitution.
The country claimed by Pokatello, for himself and his people,
is bounded on the west by Raft River and on the east by the
Nothing herein contained shall be construed or taken to admit
any other or greater title or interest in the lands embraced
within the territories described in said treaty in said tribes
or bands of Indians than existed in them upon the acquisition
of said territories from Mexico by the laws thereof.
- Done at Box Elder, this thirtieth day of July, A. D. 1863.
- James Duane Doty,
- Governor and acting superintendent of Indian
- affairs in Utah Territory.
- P. Edw. Connor,
- Brigadier-General U. S. Volunteers, commanding
- District of Utah.
- Pokatello, his x mark, chief.
- Toomontso, his x mark, chief.
- Sanpitz, his x mark, chief.
- Tosowitz, his x mark, chief.
- Yahnoway, his x mark, chief.
- Weerahsoop, his x mark, chief.
- Pahragoosahd, his x mark, chief.
- Tahkwetoonah, his x mark, chief.
- Omashee, (John Pokatello's brother,) his x mark, chief.
- Robt. Pollock, colonel Third Infantry, C. V.
- M. G. Lewis, captain Third Infantry, C. V.
- S. E. Jocelyn, first lieutenant Third Infantry, C. V.
- Jos. A. Gebone, Indian interpreter.
- John Barnard, jr., his x mark, special interpreter.
- Willis H. Boothe, special interpreter.
- Horace Wheat.
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