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Title Report [manuscript]: Navajo Agency, Fort Defiance, Ariz., 1883 Aug. 14
Author Riordan, Denis Matthew (1848-1928)
Document Type Official Record; Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Annual report by Navajo agent D.M. Riordan to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Hiram Price, written Aug. 14, 1883 after Riordan had submitted his resignations. The blunt report outlines the "gross wrongs perpetrated by the government on the Navajos and on the Navajo Agency." Riordan complains that there was little government aid for the sick, helpless, and indigent; no provisions, transport, or decent shelter; no clerk or police; no proper implements to work the farm; inadequate school facilities; and a sawmill with no protection from the elements. In addition the agent notes that he made numerous trips around the reservation, freed slaves, and attempted to stop horse and sheep theft.
Names Price, Hiram (1814-1901)
Places Fort Defiance, Arizona, New Mexico, United States
Keywords agent, commissioner, horse, horse stealing, government, government relations, law and order, reservation, personal account, subsistence, livestock, agency, trade, Mexican, farming, slavery
Theme American Indians and the US Government; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southwest
Additional Information Riordan was a Navajo Indian agent, Jan. 1, 1883-Aug., 1883. Hired in 1883 by Edward E. Ayer to manage his Flagstaff, Ariz. sawmill, which Riordan purchased in 1886 and carried on as the Arizona Lumber Company.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer MS 768
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue