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

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

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Chapter 163
April 28, 1920. | [S. 806.] 41 Stat, 585.

An Act Conferring jurisdiction on the Court of Claims to hear, determine, and render judgment in claims of the Iowa Tribe of Indians against the United States.

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Chap. 163 Iowa Indians, Okla. Claims of, against United States to be brought in Court of Claims.
Chap. 163 Provisos. Counter claims, etc.
Chap. 163 Procedure.
Chap. 163 Attorneys’ fees.
Chap. 163 Limit of fees and expenses.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That jurisdiction is hereby conferred upon the Court of Claims to hear, determine, and render judgment on principles of justice and equity and as upon a full and fair arbitration of the claims of the Iowa Tribe of Indians, of Oklahoma, against the United States, with the right of appeal by either party to the Supreme Court of the United States, for the determination of the amount, if any, which may be legally or equitably due said tribe of Indians under any treaties or laws of Congress or under any stipulations or agreements, whether written or oral, entered into between said tribe of Indians and the United States or its authorized

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representatives, or for the failure of the United States to pay any money which may be legally or equitably due said tribe of Indians: Provided, That the court shall also consider and determine any legal or equitable defenses, set-offs, or counter claims which the United States may have against the said Iowa Tribe of Indians. A petition in behalf of said Indians shall be filed in the Court of Claims within one year after the passage of this Act, and the Iowa, Tribe of Indians shall be the party plaintiff and the United States the party defendant, and the petition may be verified by the attorney employed by the said Iowa Tribe of Indians to prosecute their claim under this Act, under contract to be approved by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and the Secretary of the Interior, as provided by law, upon information and belief as to the facts alleged in said petition. Upon the final determination of the cause the Court of Claims shall decree such fees and expenses as the court shall find to be reasonably due to be paid to the attorney or attorneys employed by said Iowa Tribe of Indians, and the same shall be paid out of any sum or sums of money found due said Iowa Tribe of Indians: Provided, That in no case shall the fees and expenses decreed by said court be in excess of 10 per centum of the amount of the judgment.1

Approved, April 28, 1920.

1 Ct. Cl. Docket No. 34677; 66 Ct. Cl., decided May 6, 1929.

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