Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1929.
|Chap. 36||Osage Indians.
Claim for moneys due from sale of lands submitted to Court of Claims.
14 Stat., 687, vol. 2, 878.
|Chap. 36||Jurisdiction conferred.|
|Chap. 36||Provisos. Basis of damages.|
|Chap. 36||Effect of judgment.|
|Chap. 36||Credit to individual Indians.|
|Chap. 36||Restriction on fees to attorneys.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the claim of the Osage Tribe of Indians against the United States for moneys due, arising out of the sale of Osage lands under the treaty of September 29, 1865, proclaimed January 21, 1867 (Fourteenth Statutes at Large, page 687), shall be submitted to the Court of Claims, with the right of appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States by either party, for the amount due or claimed to be due said tribe from the United States for the misappropriation of any of the funds of the said tribe, or for the failure of the United States to pay the tribe any money due under said treaty; and jurisdiction is hereby conferred upon the Court of Claims to hear and determine, as right and justice may require, and as upon a full and fair arbitration, the claim of said tribe against the United States, notwithstanding lapse of time or statutes of limitation, and also any legal or equitable defense, set-off, or counterclaim, including gratuities, which the United States may have against said Osage Tribe, and to enter judgment thereon: Provided, That if it be found that the United States Government has wrongfully appropriated any part or parcel of the lands or the funds of said Osage Tribe of Indians, judgment for damages in respect thereto, if any, shall be confined to the value of the land, or the amount of funds, at the time of said appropriation, together with interest at the rate of 5 per centum per annum thereon to the date of the decree of the Court of Claims rendered in respect thereto, less any legal or
equitable set-offs or counterclaims, including gratuities, which the United States Government may have against the said Osage Tribe of Indians. The judgment of the Court of Claims in this matter rendered, when satisfied, shall annul and cancel all claims and title of said Osage Tribe in and to said lands and funds, as well as all other matters and things adjudicated and authorized to be adjudicated by the Court of Claims, as herein provided. Such action in the Court of Claims shall be presented by a single petition, to be filed within two years after the passage of this Act, making the United States party defendant, and shall set forth all the facts on which the Osage Tribe of Indians bases its claim for recovery; and the said petition may be verified by the authorized attorney or attorneys of the tribe, employed under contract approved by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and the Secretary of the Interior, as provided by law, upon information or belief as to the existence of such facts, and no other statements or verifications shall be necessary. Official letters, papers, reports, and public records, or certified copies thereof, may be used as evidence. Whatever moneys may be found to be due the tribe under the provisions of this Act, less attorney’s fees, shall be segregated and placed to the credit of the individual Indians: Provided further, That the Court of Claims shall decree such fees as the court shall find to be reasonable to be paid to the attorney or attorneys employed by the tribe, and in no case shall such fees exceed the amount stipulated in the approved contract nor amount to more than 10 per centum of the amount and value of the judgment recorded in said cause.1
Approved, February 6, 1921.