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

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

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Chapter 139
Section 2

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Chap. 139 Preamble. Choctaw Nation, claim of, ascertainment of amount due.
    See note to 1898, c. 517, post, p. 656.
    19 Ct. Cls., 243.
Chap. 139 Court of Claims to have jurisdiction.
Chap. 139 Right of appeal.
Sec. 2 Action, how commenced.

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Chapter 139
    Mar. 3, 1881 | 21 Stat., 504.
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An act for the ascertainment of the amount due the Choctaw Nation.

Whereas, the Choctaw Nation, for itself and in behalf of individual members thereof, makes claim against the United States on account of various treaty provisions which it is alleged have not been complied with: Therefore,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Court of Claims is hereby authorized to take jurisdiction of and try all questions of difference arising out of treaty stipulations with the Choctaw Nation, and to render judgment thereon; power is hereby granted the said court to review the entire question of differences de novo, and it shall not be estopped by any action had or award made by the Senate of the United States in pursuance of the treaty of eighteen hundred and fifty-five; and the Attorney-General is hereby directed to appear in behalf of the Government; and if said court shall decide against the United States the Attorney-General shall, within thirty days from the rendition of judgement, appeal the cause to the Supreme Court of the United States; and from any judgment that may be rendered, the said Choctaw Nation may also appeal to said Supreme Court: Provided, The appeal of said Choctaw Nation shall be taken within sixty days after the rendition of said judgment, and the said courts shall give such cause precedence.

SEC. 2

Said action shall be commenced by a petition stating the facts on which said nation claims to recover and the amount of its claim; and said petition may be verified by either of the authorized delegates of said nation as to the existence of such facts, and no other statements need be contained in said petition or verification.

Approved, March 3, 1881.

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