Washington : Government Printing Office
Whereas, under authority contained in the Acts of Congress approved May 29, 1908 (35 Stat. 460), and February 14, 1913 (37 Stat. 675), all non-mineral, unallotted, and unreserved lands within the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the States of North and South Dakota, were opened to settlement and entry, to be disposed of under the general provisions of the homestead laws of the United States and the said acts of Congress, by presidential proclamations of August 19, 1909 (36 Stat. 2500) and March 18, 1915 (39 Stat. 1721), respectively, and
Whereas, there are now remaining undisposed of within the Standing Rock Indian Reservation a number of tracts of said lands which, while of little value for
the original purpose of settlement and entry, upon thorough investigation have been found to be valuable to the Indians of said reservation, and
Whereas, by relinquishment and cancellation of homestead entries a small additional area of similar lands may be included within the class of undisposed of surplus lands, and,
Whereas, the Tribal Council, the Superintendent of the Standing Rock Agency, and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs have recommended restoration to tribal ownership of all such undisposed of lands in the said reservation,
Now, therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by Sections 3 and 7 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), I hereby find that restoration to tribal ownership of all lands which are now, or may hereafter be, classified as undisposed of surplus opened lands of the Standing Rock Reservation, North and South Dakota, will be in the public interest, and the said lands are hereby restored to tribal ownership for the use and benefit of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of Indians, and are added to and made a part of the existing reservation, subject to any valid existing rights.
HAROLD L. ICKES,
Secretary of the Interior.