Washington : Government Printing Office
Whereas, pursuant to the provisions of the act of May 27, 1902 (32 Stat., 263), as amended, the unallotted lands of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in the State of Utah, were made subject to disposal under the laws of the United States applying to public lands, and
Whereas, there are now remaining undisposed of within said area approximately 217,000 acres of unallotted lands, which need closer administrative control in the interest of better conservation practices, and
Whereas, by relinquishment and cancellation of homestead entries within this area a limited additional acreage of land of similar character may later be included within this class of undisposed-of opened land, and
Whereas, the Tribal Council, the Superintendent of the Uintah and Ouray Agency, and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs have recommended restoration to tribal ownership of such undisposed-of surplus unallotted 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 opened lands of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation will be in the public interest, and the said lands are hereby restored to tribal ownership for the use and benefit of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah, 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.