Los Pinos Indian Agency (Colorado)

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Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency[edit | edit source]

Tabaquache or Uncompahgre Ute

History[edit | edit source]

The Conejos Agency was established in 1860 for the Tabaquache Ute Indians living north of the Utah Agency area in New Mexico. In 1869, the agency moved from Conejos to a site on Los Pinos Creek on the Ute Reservation in southern Colorado, and the name was changed to the Los Pinos Agency. It was also sometimes called Lower or Southern Ute Agency, but should not be confused with the later Southern Ute Agency of southwestern Colorado.

In 1875, the agency was moved to the Uncompahgre Valley, but the name Los Pinos Agency was retained.

In 1881, the Tabaquache (or Uncompahgre) Utes moved to a reservation on the Green River in Utah, next to the Uintah Reservation and the agency's name was changed to the Ouray Agency. In 1886, the Uintah Agency and the Ouray Agency were consolidated[1].

Agents and Appointment Date[edit | edit source]

Lt. Calvin T. Speer 1869, Capt. William H. Merrill 1869, Jebez Nelson Trask 1871, Charles Adams 1872, Henry F. Bond 1874, Willard D. Wheeler 1876, Joseph B. Abbott 1877, Leverett M. Kelley 1878, Wilson M. Stanley 1879, George Sherman 1880, and William H. Berry [2]

Records[edit | edit source]

The majority of records of individuals were those created by the agencies. Some records may be available to tribal members through the tribal headquarters.They were (and are) the local office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and were charged with maintaining records of the activities of those under their responsibility. Among these records are:

For a description of the various records, their content, and their availability, link to the pages for each type of record. Each individual agency also has a page describing its history and the location of their records. An alphabetical list of the agencies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs can be found below. They are also linked under the topic "American Indians" for each state. Pages for individual sub-agencies are listed alphabetically under the category of "American Indian Subagencies" and are linked under the topic of "American Indians" for each state where they existed.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974, p. 48.
  2. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. By Edward E. Hill. Clearwater Publishing Co., New York, NY ©1974. FHL Book 970.1 H551o
  • American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998.
  • Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981.
  • Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974.
  • Historical Sketches for Jurisdictional and Subject Headings Used for the Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880. National Archives Microcopy T1105.
  • Preliminary Inventory No. 163: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Services. Available online
  • "Accompanying Pamphlet for Microcopy 1011", National Archives Microfilm Publications, Appendix.