SPEECH TO PONCA TRIBE OF INDIANS
December 18, 1880
I request the following gentlemen to proceed to the Indian Territory as soon as may be, and, after conference with the Ponca tribe of Indians to ascertain the facts in regard to their recent removal and present condition, so far as is necessary to determine the question what justice and humanity require should be done by the Government of the United States, and report their conclusions and recommendations in the premises: Brig. General George Crook, U.S.A; Brig. General Nelson A. Miles, U.S.A.; William Stickney, Washington D.C.; Walter Allen, Newton, Mass.
It is the purpose of the foregoing request to authorize the commission to take whatever steps may, in their judgment, be necessary to enable them to accomplish the purpose set forth.
General Crook is authorized to take with him two aides-de-camp to do clerical work.