Indian Affairs
Dakota Territory

Bismarck, Dakota Territory
May 7, 1878

Indian Commissioner E. W. Stebbins, of New Jersey, arrived today from an inspecting tour of Berthola and the old Fort Peck agencies.  Publication of the information gathered he said, would be injurious to the service, and he therefore declined to make it known at present.  It is out, however, that he found things in bad shape, and traders carrying on high-handed business with the Indians above Buford (Fort) who are fat, bold, and well supplied with ammunition and arms.  Stebbins left today for Standing Rock and down the river agencies.  He will come out at Yankton in thirty days.

The Nez Perces Chiefs left this morning on a government steamer for Fort Buford.  Interpreter Clark accompanies them, and expects to cross the line with them.  The Sioux Chief Gall has returned to the British side, to persuade more of his Indians to follow his example, and surrender to General Miles.

The steamer Big Horn, the earliest arrival from Fort Benton ever known, came in today.  Paymaster Arthur and Engineer N. E. Stevens, of St. Paul, passengers; also W. B. Jordan trader at Buford.

Deadwood, Dakota Territory
May 7, 1878

Frank Grouard, General Crook's chief scout and guide, with a detail of eleven men from the Fifth Cavalry, arrived here yesterday.  They came out from Fort McKinney in quest of a gang of horse thieves, whom they tracked to within forty-miles of this place where the trail was lost.  Grouard stated that information gained from straggling bands of friendly Indians, is to the effect that a portion of Sitting Bull's band had crossed over the line into the United States, and thought it very likely that the Indians would be very troublesome during  the coming summer in the vicinity of the Upper Missouri River.


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