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United States Indian Service,
^[[Santee]] Agency,
^[[Neb. Feb. 23"]], 188^[[4]].

A.C. Fletcher
Special U.S. Indian Agent.
Omaha and Winnebago Agency Neb.

Dear Sir

Thy letter with enclosures of the 21" ulto. and of 5" inst have been received and in reply I can say that I seen R. Rush and Pe-da-e-ga a few days ago and requested them to sign their applications for land and they stated that they did not wish to do so for they wish to remain with the Ponca Indians of Dakota. Their names are enroled with the Poncas  I return their papers [[underlined]] unsigned. [[/underlined]]

Silas Wood was Interpreter for me with the Poncas he did not concent to become a full member of their tribe always said that he wished to go back to the Omaha Indians, but as his wife was a member
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