Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1913.
Whereas it is believed that the following-described land, to wit:
Lot 3 of sec. 2, in T. 22 N., R. 24 W., of the Montana meridian, in the State of Montana, is a natural and prospective center of population:
Now, therefore, I, William Howard Taft, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the power in me vested by the act of Congress entitled An act for the survey and allotment of lands now embraced within the limits of the Flathead Indian Reservation in the State of Montana, and the sale and disposal of all surplus lands after allotment, approved April 23, 1904 (33 Stats., 302), and by sections 2380 and 2381 of the Revised Statutes of the United States, do hereby declare and make known that the land above described is hereby reserved as a town site, to be disposed of by the United States under the terms of the statutes applicable thereto.
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 fifteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twelve, and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and thirty-sixth.
WM H. TAFT [SEAL.]
By the President:
Acting Secretary of State.
It is ordered, That the NE. ¼ of the SW. ¼ of sec. 31, T. 19 N., R. 23 W., Montana principal meridian, in the Flathead Indian Reservation, Mont., be, and the same is hereby, withdrawn from settlement, location, sale, and entry, and reserved for examination and classification, subject to all of the provisions, limitations, exceptions, and conditions contained in the act of June 25, 1910 (36 Stats., 847).
WM. H. TAFT.
THE WHITE HOUSE, April 13, 1912.
WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, D. C., July 21, 1905.
The President: The military reservation of Fort Shaw, Mont., declared by Executive order of January 11, 1870, and embracing an area of about 29,843 acres, has become useless for military purposes. By order of the Secretary of War, dated April 25, 1892 (G. O., No. 30, Headquarters of the Army, 1892), the military post of Fort Shaw, Mont., including the entire reservation, were, under authority of the act of Congress, approved July 31, 1882 (22 Stats., 181), set aside for Indian school purposes and turned over to the custody and control of the Secretary of the Interior so long as it may not be required for military occupations.
By order of the Interior Department, dated July 6, 1893, 4,999.50 acres of the land embraced within the military reservation were reserved for the use of the Fort Shaw Indian School; and by order of the Secretary of the Interior, dated July 6, 1905, there has been added from such lands to the school reserve, as made by said order of July 6, 1893, a tract situated immediately west of the school reserve containing 4,364 acres, as described in letter of the Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs, dated June 28, 1905, addressed to the Secretary of the Interior. It appears, therefore, that a portion only (9,363.5 acres) of the military reserve is needed for Indian school purposes—the remainder of the reserve (20,479.5 acres) being useless for either military or Indian school purposes.
At the suggestion of the Secretary of the Interior and upon the recommendation of the Chief of Staff, United States Army, I have the honor to recommend that the entire reservation, except the portion (9,363.5 acres) which has been set aside for the Fort Shaw Indian School, as set forth above, be placed under the control of the Secretary of the Interior, under authority of the act of Congress, approved July 5, 1884 (23 Stats., 103), for disposition as provided therein or as may be otherwise provided by law.
Inasmuch as the entire reservation has become useless for military purposes, it is further recommended that the portion of the military reserve which has been set aside for the Fort Shaw Indian School be also placed under the control of the Secretary of the Interior, the same, however, to be held in reserve for Indian school purposes.
ROBERT SHAW OLIVER, Acting Secretary of War.
WHITE HOUSE, July 22, 1905.
The recommendations made within by the Acting Secretary of War are approved.
The Secretary of the Interior will cause this action to be noted on the records of the General Land Office.
It is hereby ordered that the SE. ¼ of the SW. ¼ of Section 9, Township 18 North, Range 21 West, Montana Meridian, containing 40 acres, be, and the same is hereby withdrawn from entry and set apart for administrative purposes in connection with the affairs of the Flathead Indians in the State of Montana: Provided, however, that this withdrawal shall not affect the valid prior rights of any persons to the lands described.
WM H TAFT
THE WHITE HOUSE, Jany. 14, 1913.