INDIAN AFFAIRS: LAWS AND TREATIES

Vol. I, Laws     (Compiled to December 1, 1902)

Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1904.


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PART IV.—PROCLAMATIONS.

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Agreement with Creek Indians ratified.

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:

A PROCLAMATION.
June 25, 1901.

Whereas the act of Congress entitled “An act to ratify and confirm an agreement with the Muscogee or Creek tribe of Indians and for other purposes,” approved on the first day of March, nineteen hundred and one, contains a provision as follows:

That the agreement negotiated between the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes and the Muscogee or Creek tribe of Indians, at the City of Washington on the eighth day of March, nineteen hundred, as herein amended, is hereby accepted, ratified, and confirmed, and the same shall be of full force and effect when ratified by the Creek national council. The principal chief, as soon as practicable after the ratification of this agreement by Congress, shall call an extra session of the Creek national council and lay before it this agreement and the Act of Congress ratifying it, and if the agreement be ratified by said council, as provided in the constitution of said nation, he shall transmit to the President of the United States the act of council ratifying the agreement, and the President of the United States shall thereupon issue his proclamation declaring the same duly ratified, and that all the provisions of this agreement have become law according to the terms thereof: Provided, That such ratification by the Creek national council shall be made within ninety days from the approval of this act by the President of the United States,

And whereas the principal chief of the said tribe has transmitted to me an act of the Creek national council entitled “An act to ratify and confirm an agreement between the United States and the Muscogee Nation of Indians of the Indian Territory,” approved the twenty-fifth day of May, nineteen hundred and one, which contains a provision as follows:

That said Agreement, amended, ratified and confirmed by the Congress of the United States, as set forth in said Act of Congress approved March 1, 1901, is hereby accepted, ratified and confirmed on the part of the Muscogee Nation and on the part of the Muscogee or Creek tribe of Indians constituting said Nation, as provided in said Act of Congress and as provided in the Constitution of said Nation, and the Principal Chief is hereby authorized to transmit this Act of the National Council ratifying said Agreement to the President of the United States as provided in said Act of Congress.

And whereas paragraph thirty-six of said agreement contains a provision as follows:

This provision shall not take effect until after it shall have been separately and specifically approved by the Creek national council and by the Seminole general council; and if not approved by either, it shall fail altogether, and be eliminated from this agreement without impairing any other of its provisions.

And whereas there has been presented to me an act of the Creek national council entitled “An Act to disapprove certain provisions, relating to Seminole citizens, in the agreement between the Muscogee Nation and the United States, ratified by Congress March 1, 1901,” approved the twenty-fifth day of May, nineteen hundred and one, by which the provisions of said paragraph thirty-six are specifically disapproved:

Now, therefore, I, William McKinley, President of the United States, do hereby declare said agreement, except paragraph thirty-six thereof, duly ratified and that all the provisions thereof, except said paragraph thirty-six which failed of ratification by the Creek national

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council, became law according to the terms thereof upon the twenty-fifth day of May, nineteen hundred and one.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington this twenty-fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-fifth.

WILLIAM MCKINLEY

[SEAL.]

By the President:
     DAVID J. HILL,
          Acting Secretary of State.


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