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8 cite the case of the "Red Cloud" and "Spotted Gail" bands of Sioux, now living on reservations, lying along the northern boundary of this Department. I am personally acquainted with the chiefs and head men of these two powerful bands which aggregate, somewhere from 12.000 to 14.000 souls. I believe that they are earnestly desirous of remaining at peace and they will remain at peace until aggressions goad them to war. You know to what an extent these two bands have been preyed upon by organized [[strikethrough]] bands [[/strikethrough]] companies of horse-thieves: during the past winter and spring alone. They have been robbed of over 1000 ponies. Their [[?]], Dr. [[?]], and Dr. U.T. McGillicuddy, have been Exceptionally zealous and capable, but they have been utterly powerless to check the evil complained of. Under the "Posse Comitatus" Act, the Military arm of the Government is paralyzed. The Sioux can't understand anything about legislation [[end page]]
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