Ralph Aspaas served as an Allotting Agent for the United States Indian Service (now the Bureau of Indian Affairs). He was first assigned to the Jicarilla Apache reservation from circa 1907 to 1910 and then to the Tohono O’odham reservation from circa 1912 to 1915. As an Agent, he allotted land within these reservations to individual tribal members and for tribal community use. Born on Oct. 18, 1876, Aspaas married Allie Maud Ward Aspaas (1881-1959) on July 15, 1905. Together they had six children- Ralph Ward Aspaas (1906-1972), Carl Henry Aspaas (1908-1975), Max Herndon Aspaas (1911-1971), Ella Annetta Aspaas (b. 1913), Helen Marie Aspaas (1920-2012), Ruth Louise Aspaas (1922- 1966). By 1920 Ralph was working as a farmer and rancher in La Plata County, Colorado. He died on September 30, 1939 in Colorado.
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Processed by Emily Moazami, Assistant Head Archivist in 2016.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Ralph Aspaas collection was donated to the National Museum of the American Indian in 2006 by Helen Ruth Aspaas.
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