Cimarron Indian Agency (New Mexico)

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United States Gotoarrow.png American Indians Gotoarrow.png New Mexico Gotoarrow.png Indians of New Mexico Gotoarrow.png Cimarron Indian Agency (New Mexico)

Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency

Jicarilla Apache, Moache Ute


The Cimarron Agency was established in 1862 with responsibility for the Moache Ute and the Jicarilla Apache in northwestern New Mexico. Its forerunner was the Abiquiu Agency and the Utah Agency. The Cimarron Agency was consolidated with the Pueblo Agency in 1876 and the agency was discontinued, but a farmer in charge was assigned to the Abiquiu Agency, and the Jicarilla Apaches assigned to that agency, which was renamed the to the Jicarilla Agency in 1881. The supervision of the Jicarilla Agency was transferred to the Mescalero Agency in southern New Mexico in 1882.


Many of the historical records of this agency are housed in the Rocky Mountain Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Denver, Colorado. They are listed under the title of "Cimarron and Abiquiu (Jicarilla) Indian Agencies, NM". Most of the records in that collection are administrative and financial, rather than records of individual Indians.


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