INDIAN AFFAIRS: LAWS AND TREATIES

Vol. V, Laws     (Compiled from December 22, 1927 to June 29, 1938)

Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1941.


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Chapter 866
August 28, 1937.  | [S. 2188.] 50 Stat., 862.

An Act To amend section 3 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984-988), relating to Indian lands in Arizona
Section 3

Margin Notes
Sec. 3 Indian lands in Arizona.
48 Stat., 984; ante, 378. 25 U.S.C. § 463.
Restoration of lands to tribal ownership.
Sec. 3 Provisos. Existing rights not affected.
Sec. 3 Lands in reclamation projects.
Sec. 3 Order withdrawing lands from mineral entry, etc., revoked.
Sec. 3 Proviso. Payment for loss of improvements.
Sec. 3 Annual rental.
Sec. 3 Mineral patents. Deposit in lieu of rent for loss of use, etc.
Sec. 3 Refund, if patent not acquired.
Sec. 3 Proviso. Payment by applicant for damages for loss of improvements.
Sec. 3 Water developments, restriction on use.
Sec. 3 Provisos. Rights of Indians not affected.
Sec. 3 Appropriation of living water.
Sec. 3 Rights-of-way, etc., not restricted.
Sec. 3 46 Stat., 1202; ante, 230.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 3 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984-988), be, and it is hereby, amended to read as follows:

“SEC. 3.

(a) The Secretary of the Interior, if he shall find it to be in the public interest, is hereby authorized to restore to tribal ownership the remaining surplus lands of any Indian reservation heretofore opened, or authorized to be opened, to sale, or any other form of disposal by Presidential proclamation, or by any of the public-land laws of the United States: Provided, however, That valid rights or claims of any persons to any lands so withdrawn existing on the date of the withdrawal shall not be affected by this Act: Provided further, That this section shall not apply to lands within any reclamation project heretofore authorized in any Indian reservation.

“(b) (1) The order of the Department of the Interior signed, dated, and approved by Honorable Ray Lyman Wilbur, as Secretary of the Interior, on October 28, 1932, temporarily withdrawing lands of the Papago Indian Reservation in Arizona from all forms of mineral entry or claim under the public land mining laws, is hereby revoked and rescinded, and the lands of the said Papago Indian Reservation are hereby restored to exploration and location, under the existing mining laws of the United States, in accordance with the express terms and provisions declared and set forth in the Execu-

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tive orders establishing said Papago Indian Reservation: Provided, That damages shall be paid to the superintendent or other officer in charge of the reservation for the credit of the owner thereof, for loss of any improvements on any land located for mining in such a sum as may be determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be the fair and reasonable value of such improvements: Provided further, That a yearly rental not to exceed 5 cents per acre shall be paid to the superintendent or other officer in charge of the reservation for deposit in the Treasury of the United States to the credit of the Papago Tribe for loss of the use or occupancy of any land withdrawn by the requirements of mining operations.

“(2) In the event any person or persons, partnership, corporation, or association desires a mineral patent, according to the mining laws of the United States, he or they shall first pay to the superintendent or other officer in charge of the reservation, for deposit in the Treasury of the United States to the credit of the Papago Tribe, the sum of $1 per acre in lieu of annual rental, as hereinbefore provided, to compensate for the loss of the use or occupancy of the lands withdrawn by the requirements of mining operations; but the sum thus deposited, except for a deduction of rental at the annual rate hereinbefore provided, shall be refunded to the applicant in the event that patent is not acquired: Provided, That an applicant for patent shall also pay to the superintendent or other officer in charge of the said reservation for the credit of the owner thereof, damages for the loss of improvements not theretofore paid, in such a sum as may be determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be the fair value thereof.

“(3) Water reservoirs, charcos, water holes, springs, wells, or any other form of water development by the United States or the Papago Indians shall not be used for mining purposes under the terms of this Act, except under permit from the Secretary of the Interior approved by the Papago Indian Council: Provided, That nothing herein shall be construed as interfering with or affecting the validity of the water rights of the Indians of this reservation: Provided further, That the appropriation of living water heretofore or hereafter affected by the Papago Indians is hereby recognized and validated subject to all the laws applicable thereto.

“(4) Nothing herein contained shall restrict the granting or use of permits for easements or rights-of-way; or ingress or egress over the lands for all proper and lawful purposes; and nothing contained herein, except as expressly provided, shall be construed as authority for the Secretary of the Interior, or any other person, to issue or promulgate a rule or regulation in conflict with the Executive order of February 1, 1917, creating the Papago Indian Reservation in Arizona or the Act of February 21, 1931 (46 Stat. 1202).“

Approved, August 28, 1937.


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