Cherokee Phoenix

From the Arkansas Gazette

Published May, 18, 1833

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From the Arkansas Gazette..

Negotiations with the Indians- We are indebted to an Officer of the army at Fort Gibson for the following letter, giving advice of the progress of the negotiations with the Indian tribes.

'FORT GIBSON, 9th March 1633 (sic)

Sir:- The Commissioners appointed by the President of the United States for the purpose of holding treaties with, and setting matters of dispute relative to land boundaries, 'c. arising between the different Indian tribes, west of the Mississippi River, were to have held a Council with the Osage Nation on the 25th of last month at the Grand Saline, on the Neosho River, and on the 23d of the same month, Maj. Young of the United States Army, with companies A. and D. of the 7th Infantry, and Capt. Bean's company of the United States Rangers, was, at the instance of the Commissioners, detached from this post, for the purpose of attending them during the operations of the council. The detachment arrived at the point of destination on the 24th and formed their encampment near the Neosho. The Osages, about 700 in number, arrived in the course of a few days afterwards, and pitched their camps about a mile distant.

The weather was cloudy and cold, so much so, as to render the movements of the Indians extremely tardy, and they were so much under the influence of a superstition, which is common to the wild Indians of the west that they could not be prevailed on to go into Council during the continuance of the cloudy weather. At length however, on the seventh instant, the day being clear and pleasant, the Indians assembled, and the ceremony of shaking hands-(which is always a preparatory measure with them, to the commencement of business)- was performed; but, in consequence of the utter impossibility, in that place, of procuring forage for the horses of the Rangers, or even the necessary supplies of provisions for the Indians, the Commissioners thought proper to adjourn the Council to this post, where they themselves and the troops arrived yesterday-and the Indians are expected tomorrow. Should they arrive,and weather be fair, the council will progress on Monday, the 11th inst.

The Gazette adds-

By the arrival of the steam-boat Spy, which left Fort Gibson on the morning of the 12th instant, we learn, that one town of the Osages, consisting of five hundred souls, arrived at that post on the preceding day, and that another large body of that nation were expected the day she left, for the purpose of attending the Council with the U. S. Commissioners.