Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1904.
|Chap. 357||Land in Colorado lately occupied by the Uncompahgre and White River Ute Indians declared public land, etc.
1880, c. 223, ante, p. 180.
|Sec. 2||Boundary line, etc., to be established.|
|Sec. 3||Prior entries, settlements, etc., to date from time they were made, respectively.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all of that portion of the Ute Indian Reservation in the State of Colorado lately occupied by the Uncompahgre and White River Utes be, and the same is hereby, declared to be public land of the United States, and subject to disposal from and after the passage of this act, in accordance with the provisions and under the restrictions and limitations of section three of the act of Congress approved June fifteenth, eighteen hundred and eighty, chapter two hundred and twenty-three, except as hereinafter provided, under regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary of the interior in accordance with the provisions of this act.
That the Secretary of the Interior shall, at the earliest practicable day, ascertain and establish the linea between the land mentioned in section one of this act and that now or lately occupied by the Southern Utes in said State; and for that purpose there is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, the sum of five hundred dollars.
That all entries, settlements, or locations heretofore made, under any law of the United States, by duly-qualified persons, upon a strip of land extending northerly and southerly, not exceeding ten miles in width, within that part of the Ute Indian Reservation in the State of Colorado lately occupied by the Uncompahgre and White River Ute Indians, and bounded on the east by the one hundred and seventh meridian of longitude west from Greenwich, shall legally date from the time they were respectively made; and the rights of said persons shall be in all respects the same as if the lands had been egally subject to their claims when the same were initiated: Provided, however, That if homestead entries have been made on said strip, the lands so entered shall be paid for in cash, after proof which would be satisfactory under the pre-emption laws: And provided further, That none of said lands shall be disposed of for any consideration other than cash, nor for a less price than one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre.
Approved, July 28, 1882.