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The Hon. Frederick W. Pitkin, Governor
of the State of Colorado
reporting a conversation
with Ute Jack; and an
Washington, January 30, 1880
The committee met at 10 a.m., Mr. Gunter in the chair.
Gov. Pitkin speaking --
... Jack said he had come to secure my aid
in having Agent Meeker removed.
I asked him for what reasons. He said
that Meeker tried to make them work,
and go to school; that he was plowing
and putting crops in, and wanted them
to go to work like other people.
He said, "Indian no work; Indian
hunt; Indian no want to work."
He pointed to me and said, "You no work."
He pointed to Mr. Byers and said,
"He no work." He drew himself up
and put his hand on his breast and said,
"I no work." I said, "Would you be
a governor or a postmaster?"
He said, "Yes." I then asked him
if the Indians would not work the mines,
on their land in the Elk Mountains,
dig for gold, get out money,
and get rich as white men did. He said,
"No, we will not mine at all."
I took him then to a large map
where the Reservation is defi ned,
pointed out the White River
and the Elk Mountains, and asked would they,
then, let white men go and dig the ore,