Washington : Government Printing Office
Whereas, pursuant to the provisions of the Act of June 10, 1896 (29 Stat. 321, 360), the lands described in the Agreement with the Indians of the San Carlos Indian Reservation in Arizona dated February 25, 1896 (29 Stat. 358), commonly known as the San Carlos mineral strip and comprising approximately 232,320 acres, were opened to occupation, location, and purchase under the provisions of the mineral land laws of the United States with the net proceeds from such disposal to be deposited to the credit of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and,
Whereas, on June 17, 1963, by Secretarial Order 2874 (28 F.R. 6408) all right, title and interest in and to all minerals, oil and gas resources in said lands were restored to the San Carlos Apache Indian Tribe, and,
Whereas, there are now remaining undisposed of within this area surface interests which may be valuable to the Indians of said reservation, and,
Whereas, the San Carlos Tribal Council has petitioned the Secretary to restore to tribal ownership all such undisposed-of surface rights and interests in and to said lands, which the Area Director of the Phoenix Area Office and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs have recommended be granted.
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; 25 U.S.C. 463, 467), I hereby find that restoration to the San Carlos Apache Indian Tribe of the surface rights in the following described lands will be in the public interest, and the right, title, and interest in and to said surface rights in said lands are hereby restored to tribal ownership for the use and benefit of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Indians, and are added to and made a part of the existing reservation, subject to any valid existing rights:
The surface rights in those lands within the area comprising the aforesaid San Carlos mineral strip as described in Article I of the aforementioned agreement dated February 25, 1896, and ratified by the Act of June 10, 1896 (29 Stat. 321, 358), and as shown on the plats on file in the Bureau of Land Management.
This order shall not apply to any patented lands or any interest in any patented lands located within the mineral strip.
STEWART L. UDALL,
Secretary of the Interior.