No. 153.
Mr. West to Mr. Frelinghuysen.

Sir: I have the honor to forward herewith a proposal, embodied in a copy of an approved report of a committee of the privy council of Canada, having in view the removal of certain Sioux Indians, a remnant of the band of the American chief Sitting Bull, from the Northwest Territories back to the United States, to which removal the Indians are willing to submit on receiving a guarantee that they shall not be punished for any offenses which they may have committed in American territory. In submitting this proposal to me for the consideration of the United States Government, the Marquis of Lansdowne has requested me to ascertain the views of the United States authorities in regard to the suggested removal and the terms proposed.

I have, &c.,


Certified copy of a report of a committee of the honorable the privy council for Canada, approved by his excellency the Governor-General in council on the 4th day of December, 1883.

On a report dated 23d November, 1883, from the superintendent-general of Indian affairs, stating that the Indian commissioner for Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, in a communication dated 3d November instant, represented that the Sioux Indians encamped at or near Wood Mountain, in the Northwest Territories (a remnant numbering 600 of the band of the American chief Sitting Bull), who fled to this country after the massacre of General Custer and his command, and who returned to the United States in the summer of 1881, have intimated their willingness to return also to the United States provided a guarantee be given them that they will be treated as the other members of Sitting Bull’s band were treated on their return to that country, [Page 235] and that they will not be punished for any offenses they may have committed in American Territory.

The minister recommends that your excellency be moved to ascertain whether the United States Government will receive the Indians referred to back on the terms proposed by them.

The minister further recommends, should a satisfactory reply be received from the United States authorities, that authority be given to the Indian commissioner for the Northwest Territories to treat with these Indians with a view to their early return to the United States.

The committee concur in the foregoing recommendations, and they respectfully submit the same for your excellency’s approval.

Clerk Privy Council Canada.