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Camp Nome Lackee

1854 September - Nome Lackee Indian Reservation formed on Thomes Creek about 20 miles west of Tehama. Originally situated in Colusa County, in 1856 the reservation was then in Tehama County with the drawing of the political lines.

1854 December 1, Daily Placer Times and Transcript (San Francisco, CA) - Nome-Lackee, the Northern Indian Reservation - Since the accounts which have before published of the condition of affairs at the new Reservation recently established by Col Henley in Colusa county, the number of Indians who have there congregated has recently increased and now reaches very nearly the neighborhood of eight hundred. A visitor who has just returned from the reservation informs us that this large body, made-up principally of Digger tribes, with a few Indians from the Sierra Nevada, is actively employed in procuring supplies of wild oats, acorns, grasshoppers, fish and other food for the winter season, and a portion in preparing ground for crops.

The Indian boys who have been set to ploughing (sic) prove as apt as those of the same years taken from among our white population. They exhibit truly remarkable skill and application, and show no disposition to avoid work. Two hundred acres of excellent land are already prepared for sowing and Col. Henley expects to have in the ground this fall about 1000 acres of wheat and barley.

The only serious inconvenience at present experienced on the reservation is the want of an adequate supply of good water, and this will be remedied in a short time. There is a fine stream rising in the mountains nearby which can be conducted through all the valleys included in the reservation at the small expenditure of $5,000. This stream is large and unfailing. The work of introducing it will be undertaken at an early period.

There has been some slight sickness on the reservation which is attributed to the nature of the water used, but this will soon be avoided and in all other respects the locality possesses every recommendation as to the healthiness, facility of irrigation, fertility and convenience.

The head quarters of the Superintendent is a good frame building containing ______ rooms, a kitchen and an upper story. Another commodious building is occupied by the officers and the Commissary department, as a depot of provisions, stores, etc., to be dispensed to the Indians. The Indian Chiefs have also accommodations in smaller frame houses covered with clapboards. As the Indians being chiefly Diggers are not used to animal food, this is dealt out sparingly, only a moderate supply being required.

All the Indians assembled seem happy and contented and engage with considerable zeal in the duties which have been assigned them. A grand dance was held on the 27th in honor of Col. Henley's return after a visit to the Tejon Reservation in the South.

The excellent results which have succeeded the establishment of the reservation at Nome-Lackee and the Tejon suggest the importance of another being located as early as possible for the coast Indians, including the Rogue River, Klamath and Trinity tribes. These tribes are causing much disquiet in their vicinity, and have become obnoxious to settlers upon the agricultural lands in these districts as well as to the miners. Several difficulties have lately occurred between them and the whites. No time should be lost therefore in providing a home for these Indians, where under proper directions, they could be enabled to contribute largely to their labor to their own support, while the community would be relieved from any danger of depredations. (to be continued)

1855 May 24, Daily Democratic State Journal (Sacramento, CA) - Two Thousand Indians have been collected on the Nome Lackee Reservation.~

1855 June 9, Weekly Oregonian (Portland, OR) - We learn from the Nome Lackee Indian Reservation in Colusi county, that about 2,000 Indians are collected there, and that they have 1,500 acres of land under cultivation.~

1855 August 30, Evening Star (Washington D.C.) - Appointed - Alonzo Ridley has been appointed Indian Sub-Agent at the Sebastian Military Reserve, Cal., and H.L. Ford, Indian Sub-Agent at the Nome Lackee Military Reserve, in the same state. [This would be Henry L. Ford of the Moon & Ford Ranch on the Sacramento River near Corning.]

1855 November 27, Daily Placer Times and Transcript (San Francisco, CA) - NOME LACKEE FISHERY - this fishery, established near Tehama for the benefit of the Indians of the Reservation, says the Shasta Courier is proving quite a profitable enterprise. Rhodes & Whitneys agent sends us the annexed statement from the books of Captain Young, Superintendent, of the number of fish together with their weight taken in five hauls of the seine viz: Nov 12, 500 fish, net weight 1,000 pounds; Nov 15 & 16, 14 sturgeon, net weight 1,000 pounds; Nov 18, 1,737 fish, net weight, 2,744 pounds; Nov 20, 2,787 fish, net weight 5,787 pounds. Total  number of fish, 5,088, weight 10,531 pounds net.~

1856 November 11, Rock River Democrat (Rockford, IL) - Tobacco is indigenous to California. Dr. Cabaniss, physician at the Nome Lackee Reservation says that wild tobacco is found growing in all the fertile valleys of Colusi, Tehama and Shasta counties.~


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