INDIAN AFFAIRS: LAWS AND TREATIES

Vol. IV, Laws     (Compiled to March 4, 1927)

Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1929.


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PUBLIC ACTS OF THE SIXTY-FOURTH CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION, 1916.
Chap. 37  | Chap. 63 | Chap. 65 | Chap. 117 | Chap. 125 | Chap. 174 | Chap. 209 | Chap. 213 | Chap. 230 | Chap. 304 | Chap. 315 | Chap. 320 | Chap. 363 | Chap. 366 | Chap. 369 | Chap. 424 | Chap. 425 | Chap. 452 | Chap. 455 | Chap. 464 | Chap. 468 | Chap. 472

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Chapter 63
April 11, 1916. | [S. 585.] 39 Stat., 47.

An Act Conferring jurisdiction on the Court of Claims to hear, determine, and render judgment in claims of the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of Sioux Indians against the United States.

Margin Notes
Chap. 63 Sisseton and Wahpeton Sioux Indians. Claims of, submitted to Court of Claims.
Chap. 63 Provisos. Procedure, etc.
Chap. 63 Disposition of moneys found due.
Chap. 63 Attorneys’ fees.
Chap. 63 Limit.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all claims of whatsoever nature which the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of Sioux Indians may have or claim to have against the United States shall be submitted to the Court of Claims, with the right to appeal to the Supreme Court of

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the United States by either party, for the amount due or claimed to be due said bands from the United States tinder any treaties or laws of Congress; and jurisdiction is hereby conferred upon the Court of Claims to hear and determine all claims of said bands against the United States and also any legal or equitable defense, set-off, or counterclaim which the United States may have against said Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of Sioux Indians, and to enter judgment, and in determining the amount to be entered herein the court shall deduct from any sums found due said Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of Sioux Indians any and all gratuities paid said bands or individual members thereof subsequent to March third, eighteen hundred and sixty-three Provided, That in determining the amount to be entered herein the value of the land involved shall not exceed the value of such land on March third, eighteen hundred and sixty-thee. If any such question is submitted to said court it shall settle the rights, both legal and equitable, of said bands of Indians and the United States, notwithstanding lapse of time or statute of limitations. Such action in the Court of Claims shall be presented by a single petition, to be filed within one year after the passage of this Act, making the United States a party defendant which shall set forth all the facts on which the said bands of Indians base their claims for recovery; and the said petition may be verified by the agent or authorized attorney or attorneys of said bands, to be selected by said bands and employed under contract approved by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and the Secretary of the Interior, in accordance with the provisions of existing law, upon information or belief as to the existence of such facts, and no other statements or vertifications shall be necessary. Official letters, papers, reports, and public records, or certified copies thereof, may be used as evidence. Whatever moneys may be found due the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of Indians under the provisions of this Act, less attorney’s fees, shall be placed to their credit in the Treasury of the United States: Provided, That the compensation to be paid the attorney or attorneys for the claimant Indians shall be determined b the Secretary of the Interior, but in any event shall not be greater than the amount named in the approved contract: Provided further, That such compensation shall in no event exceed $15,000.1

Approved, April 11, 1916.


1 59 Ct. Cl., 302; 277 U. S., 4242, decided May 28, 1928


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