Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1904.
See note to 1875 c. 90, ante, p. 155.
|Chap. 148||Seneca Indians. Agreement with W.B. Barker ratified.|
Whereas, the Seneca Nation of Indians in council, January third, eighteen hundred and ninety-three, duly entered into an agreement with William B. Barker, whereby said nation leased to said Barker the Oil Springs, the Cattaraugus and the Allegany reservations, situate in western New York, for the purpose of boring and testing said territory for gas and oil, on condition that if oil was found in paying quantities said nation should receive one-eighth part thereof, and if gas should be found in paying quantities said nation should receive forty dollars per annum for each gas well drilled and used, and in addition that each Seneca Indian family residing on either of said reservations should, if gas is found, have sufficient fuel for domestic use from any gas wells drilled on said territory free of charge, all of which is provided in said agreement, which was duly recorded in the Seneca Nation deed book, volume five, page three hundred and forty-one, January fourth, eighteen hundred and ninety-three, at three oclock post meridian of that day: Therefore
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the agreement above recited be, and the same hereby is, in all things ratified, accepted, and confirmed.
Approved, February 20, 1893.