Vol. IV, Laws     (Compiled to March 4, 1927)

Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1929.

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Chapter 24
July 19, 1919. | [H. R. 7343.] 41 Stat, 163.

An Act Making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1920, and for other purposes.
Section 8

Margin Notes
Chap. 24 Sundry civil expenses appropriations.
Chap. 24 Smithsonian Institution.
Chap. 24 American ethnology.
Chap. 24 Interior Department.
Chap. 24 Public lands.
Chap. 24 Opening Indian reservations to entry.
Chap. 24 Proviso. Reimbursement.
Chap. 24 Indian Affairs.
Chap. 24 Crow Reservation, Mont. Payment for prior irrigation expenses, etc.
41 Stat., 16; ante, 207.
Chap. 24 Shivwits Reservation, Utah.
Chap. 24 Bridge and road on. Reappropriation.
40 Stat., 587; ante, 173.
Chap. 24 Proviso. Restriction on use for bridge.
Chap. 24 Department of Justice.
Chap. 24 Miscellaneous.
Chap. 24 Defending suits in claims.
Chap. 24 Conveyances, Five Civilized Tribes. Suits to set aside.
Chap. 24 Proviso. Expediting directed.
Sec. 8 J. F. McMurray, claims of, against Choctaws and Chickasaws.
40 Stat., 583, amended; ante, 169.
Additional claims referred to Court of Claims.
Sec. 8 Proviso. Claims specially excluded
Sec. 8 Limitation.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1920, namely:


American ethnology: For continuing ethnological researches among the American Indians and the natives of Hawaii, including the excavation and preservation of archaeologic remains, under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution, including necessary employees and the purchase of necessary books and periodicals, $42,000.

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Opening Indian reservations (reimbursable): For expenses pertaining to the opening to entry and settlement of such Indian reservation lands as may be opened during the fiscal year 1920: Provided, That the expenses pertaining to the opening of each of said reservations and paid for out of this appropriation shall be reimbursed to the United States from the money received from the sale of the lands embraced in said reservations, respectively, $7,500.


Of the sum of $150,000, which the Secretary of the Interior is authorized by the Indian Appropriation Act for the fiscal year 1920 to withdraw from the tribal funds of the Crow Indians in the State of Montana to be expended for making necessary improvements to the irrigation systems in the Big Horn Valley on the Crow Reservation in Montana, said sum, or such part thereof as may be used for the purpose indicated, to be reimbursed to the tribe under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior, not to exceed $25,000 of this amount shall be available for expenses incurred during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1919.

That the $10,000 for construction of a steel bridge and approaches across the Santa Clara River on the Shivwits Indian Reservation in the State of Utah, and the $5,000 for construction of a wagon road through the said reservation, appropriated by the Indian Appropriation Act for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1919 (Fortieth Statutes at Large, page 587), are hereby reappropriated and made available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1920, reimbursable as provided in the Act aforesaid: Provided, That should the cost of the proposed bridge exceed $10,000 no part of the money herein appropriated shall be expended until the Secretary of the Interior shall have obtained from the proper authorities of the State of Utah satisfactory guaranties of the payment by the said State of any and all expenses above that amount and that the proper authorities of the said State shall assume full responsibility for, and will at all times maintain and repair, said bridge and approaches thereto.



Defending suits in claims against the United States: For necessary expenses incurred in the examination of witnesses and procuring evidence in the matter of claims against the United States, including Indian depredation claims and such other expenses as may be necessary in defending suits in the Court of Claims, and including not exceeding $500 for law books which shall be available to keep current existing sets of United States Supreme Court reports, to be expended under the direction of the Attorney General, $60,000.

Suits to set aside conveyances of allotted lands for removal of restrictions, allotted lands, Five Civilized Tribes: For necessary

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expenses incident to any suits brought at the request of the Secretary of the Interior in the eastern judicial district of Oklahoma, to be expended under the direction of the Attorney General, $10,000: Provided, That said suits shall be advanced upon the docket and their trial expedited.

SEC. 8.

That chapter eight, Laws of 1918, page 583, third paragraph, after the words "United States," be amended by inserting the following:

"And with jurisdiction also to hear, consider, and adjudicate any and all other claims or demands by or against either party to said litigation, to the end that a complete and final adjustment may be had between said parties as to the outstanding matters of controversy or account between them: Provided, That nothing in this amendment shall be construed to include claims by J. F. McMurray or Mansfield, McMurray and Cornish relating to the sale of the Choctaw(Chickasaw coal lands or claims relating to the leased district, or claims relating to proceeds arising from the sale of timber lands, unallotted or other lands or any other claim where the services were not actually rendered and finished and resulted to the benefit of said people: Provided further, That the said J. F. McMurray shall be limited in presenting such additional claims to such matters as may have or shall hereafter be set up by way of setoff or counterclaim by the defendants."1

Approved, July 19, 1919.

1 62 Ct. Cl., 458; 275 U. S., 524.

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