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Title Diary [manuscript]: Leech Lake Agency, headquarters at Walker, Minn., 1899 Feb. 25 - Apr. 8
Author Mercer, William Allen
Document Type Diary
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Diary kept Feb. 24 - Apr. 8, 1899, by Capt. W.A. Mercer, recording his activities as acting Indian agent of the new Chippewa Leech Lake Agency in Cass County, Minn. Also summary of Mercer’s movements from his appointment on Jan. 5, 1899, to his Feb. 24 arrival in Walker, Minn. (base of operations until the agency could be constructed). Entries discuss Mercer’s efforts to locate, plan, and construct agency facilities; rumors of Indian hostility toward the appointment of an army officer agent; council meetings with William Bonga, Flatmouth, and other members of the Pillager band; Indian drunkeness; the purchase of agency boats in Racine, Wisc.; and the reestablishment of the old sawmill. Mercer also notes his opposition to the 1889 law allowing the sale of reservation timber lands, which he believes is not in the Indians’ best interests.
Names Bonga, William; Flatmouth
Places Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Walker, Minnesota, United States
Keywords government, government relations, reservation, Office of Indian Affairs, Indian Agent, hostility, alcohol, council, sale of land, timber
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3181
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue