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Only months after the end of the Civil War, federal agents were dispatched to territorial New Mexico with the task of abolishing the enslavement of Indians and mestizos in the U.S. territory. In June of 1866, Special Indian Agent J.K. Graves arrived in Santa Fe, already aghast that in just the capital alone, more than 400 Native Americans were enslaved or effectively held in bondage as peons.