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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 3, No. 2
June, 1925
JOURNAL OF
THE ADJOURNED SESSION OF FIRST GENERAL
COUNCIL OF THE INDIAN TERRITORY

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OKMULGEE, M. N., Tuesday,
Dec. 6th, 1870.

General Council of the Indian Territory assembled pursuant to adjournment.

Enoch Hoag Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Presiding.

I. G. Vore, Secy. Pro. Tem.

Delegates present:

CHEROKEE NATION,
 
 
 
 
 
O. H. P. Brewer
S. M. Taylor,
J. A. Scales
Stealer
Joseph Vann
MUSKOKEE NATION
 
 
 
 
 
George W. Stidham
J. R. Moore
G. W. Grayson
J. M. Perryman,
Timothy Barnard
OTTAWA NATION, Francis King
CONFED’D PEORIAS &C Edward Black

[16] Credentials presented and the following Delegates admitted to seats:

CHOCTAW NATION,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Campbell LeFlore
John McKinney
William Fry
Ma-ha-tubbe
Alexander R. Durant
James Thompson
Joseph P. Fulsom
Alfred Wright
CHICKASAW NATION
 
 
Charles P. H. Percy
Joseph James
Hopiah-tubbe

A quorum not being present, on motion, Council adjourned until 9 o’clock A. M. tomorrow.

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 1870,
9 O’CLOCK A. M.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

The following Delegates took their seats:

MUSKOKEE NATION
 
 
L. C. Perryman
S. W. Perryman
Oktarharsars Harjo
CHEROKEE NATION John Sarcoxie
GREAT AND LITTLE OSAGES Augustus Captain
SEMINOLE NATION
 
John F. Brown
Fus-hat-che-Harjo

On motion the following Resolution was unanimously adopted:

Resolved, by the General Council of the Indian Territory,
That the following Delegates be added [17] to the several committees.
Alfred Wright on Relations with the United States.
James Thompson on Judiciary.
Campbell LeFlore and J. P. Fulsom on International Relations.
John McKinney on Education and Agriculture.
C. P. H. Percy on Finance.

A quorum not being present, on motion, Council adjourned until 9 o’clock a. m. tomorrow.

THURSDAY, December 8, 1870,
9 O’CLOCK, A. M.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

George W. Walker was admitted to a seat as a Delegate from the Muskokee Nation.

A quorum being present, Council proceeded to business.

On motion the following persons were appointed by the President to interpret the Proceedings of the General Council to the members of the different Nations who do not understand the English language:
For the Muskokee and Seminole Nations, David M. Hodge.
For the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations, Joseph P. Folsom.

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For the Absentee Shawnee, Robert Deer.

The delegate from the Muskokee Nation to whom was committed the message and invitation to the Comanche, [18] Kiawa, Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Caddo, Wichita and other tribes on the Plains, reported that the message and invitation had been transmitted through interpreter for the Absentee Shawnees, and that no response had as yet been received.

Credentials of members presented and the following Delegates admitted to seats:

SENECAS, George Spicer in place of James King.
WYANDOTTES, George Wright in place of James Hicks.

The Journal of the first session of the General Council read and explained.

Mr. Percy, Delegate from the Chickasaw Nation, submitted the following additional rule for the government of the Council in the transaction and order of business, which was adopted:

Rule 10—The Council, when a quorum is present, shall be the judge of the legal qualifications of its own members. For this purpose it shall have power to examine into the validity of the credentials of its members, determine the eligibility of contestants and claimants for seats; or it may refer the same to a committee on Credentials. The Committee on Credentials shall have all the available power to cause persons or papers, or certified copies thereof, to be brought before it and shall make a correct report of the investigations and conclusions to the General Council for its final adjudication in all matters pertaining to the qualifications and eligibility of members from the several Nations of the Indian Territory, whose seats may be contested.

On motion Council adjourned until 2 o’clock P. M.

TWO O’CLOCK P. M.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

[19] Credentials presented by George W. Johnson from the Cherokee Nation who was admitted to a seat.

The following Delegates from the Cherokee Nation took their seats:
Moses Alberty, Ezekiel Proctor.

The following committee on Credentials was appointed by the President:

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J. R. Moore, Muskokee Nation; C. P. H. Percy, Chickasaw Nation; James Thompson, Choctaw Nation; Francis King, Ottowa Nation; J. A. Scales, Cherokee Nation; J. F. Brown, Seminole Nation; Keokuk, Sac and Fox Nation; G. W. Walker, Muskokee Nation.

On motion credentials of Locher Hajo, Charke, and Thlathlo Yoholo referred to the Committee on Credentials

Committee on Education and Agriculture was called upon for a report. A part of the committee being absent a report was deferred.

Mr. Leflore, Delegate from the Choctaw Nation submitted the following Resolution:

Resolved by the General Council of the Indian Territory
that the President be and is hereby authorized to appoint a Committee of ten, to advise a permanent organization of the Indian Territory as contemplated in the Treaties of 1866 with the several Tribes resident in the said Indian Territory. Adopted.

The following Committee appointed:
Campbell Leflore, Choctaw Nation; W. P. Ross, Cherokee Nation; C. P. H. Percy, Chickasaw Nation; G. W. Grayson, Muskokee Nation; J. F. Brown, Seminole Nation; Edward Black, Confed. Peorias; etc. [20] Francis King, Ottawa Nation; Augustus Captain, Osage Nation; Geo. Spicer, Seneca Nation; J. A. Scales, Cherokee Nation.

Council adjourned until 9 o’clock A. M. tomorrow.

FRIDAY, December 9th, 1870
9 O’CLOCK A. M.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

Preceding minutes read and adopted. Credentials presented and the following Delegates admitted to seats:

CHICKASAW NATION
 
Colbert Carter
Jackson Kemp.

Chairman of the Committee on Permanent Organization reported progress.

Committee on Judiciary asked the privilege of deferring a report until after the Special Committee on Organization made a report, which was granted.

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Colbert Carter, of the Chickasaw Nation, was placed upon the Committee on Permanent Organization.

J. A. Scales, of the Cherokee Nation, on the Judiciary, vice Clement N. Vann resigned.

Mr. Wm. P. Ross, delegate from the Cherokee Nation, informed the Council that Henry Chambers had been appointed by the authorities of said nation to [21] fill the place of C. N. Vann, resigned, and that the delegate was present ready to take his seat but without his credentials, which had not as yet reached him.

On motion it was referred to the Committee on Credentials.

In order that the Committee on Permanent Organization might have time to mature a report the Council adjourned until 9 o’clock A. M. tomorrow.

SATURDAY, December 10, 1870.
9 O’CLOCK A. M.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

Preceding minutes read and adopted.

Committee on Credentials submitted the following report:

REPORT

We the Committee on Credentials, appointed to examine into the credentials of Locher Hajo and Thlathlo Yoholo submit the following report:

Upon examination of the credentials of the above named gentlemen, we find that they are so defective and imperfect, and without the signature of any officer of the Muskokee Nation, authorized to commission members of the Council, that we cannot recognize them as being sufficient to entitle the claimants to seats in the General Council of the Indian Territory.

The credentials of Charke having been examined, we find that he has been substituted by Cotchoche, the former incumbent, to take his place on account of inability to discharge his duties as a member, caused by sickness. The substitution has been approved by [22] the Executive of the Muskokee Nation as the credentials will show.

Therefore, we recommend that Charke be allowed to take his seat during the present session of the Council agreeable to the approval of the credentials.

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In the case of Mr. Chambers from the Cherokee Nation, the committee find from information deemed reliable that Mr. Vann, has resigned his seat in this council, and that Mr. Chambers has been appointed by the authority of that Nation to fill the vacancy and is therefore in the opinion of your Committee, entitled to his seat in the General Council of the Indian Territory.

[Signed] JAMES THOMPSON,
Chairman Committee.

Attest: CHAS. P. H. PERCY,
Clerk Committee.

On motion, the report of the Committee on Credentials was adopted and Charke, of the Muskokee Nation, was admitted to a seat during the present session of the General Council.

Henry Chambers admitted to a seat as a delegate from, the Cherokee Nation in place of Clement M. Vann resigned.

Joseph James, of the Chickasaw Nation, was placed upon the Committee on Education and Agriculture.

Colbert Carter, of the Chickasaw Nation, was placed upon the Committee on the Judiciary.

Report of the Special Committee on permanent organization submitted.

REPORT

The Special Committee to whom was assigned the duty, of making a report upon the Resolution of the General Council in the words following, to-wit:

"Resolved by the General Council of the Indian Territory,
That the President be and is hereby [23] authorized to appoint a Committee of ten to devise a permanent organization of the Indian Territory as contemplated by the Treaty of 1866 with the several tribes resident in the said Territory"—Respectfully state that they had given the subject such consideration as was in their power. They regard the organization of the Indian Territory under any form of Government as of the gravest importance to all the people who inhabit it.

The large and invaluable interests in lands and money, which belong to the Nations and Tribes who are settled therein, the provisions of their several Treaties with the United States. their distinct forms of government and franchise arising under them; their different languages and diversified conditions, present severally and combined in, terests [sic] not to be too lightly estimated nor too hastily dis-

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posed of in arranging the terms of any organization, that may be designed to blend in one harmonious system the whole of them at the same time that it preserves a just and impartial regard for their respective rights.

The opposition of all Indians to any form of Territorial Government that has been proposed by the Congress of the United States is too notorious to require any comment, It is firmly and ineradicably [sic] imbedded in their very nature. They cling to their homes, to their laws, to their customs, to their national and personal independence with the tenacity of life itself. In these sentiments your committee fully concur. And, while the leading powers invested in this General Council pervade all the treaties negotiated in 1866 by the United States with the different nations here represented, each one of them grants some important concession or retains some important right not to be found in others; in some respects they merely shadow dimly the duties of the Council, instead of clearly defining its power and authority. The responsibility of inexperienced legislators, instead of being simplified by them, is made more difficult and complex. As the best means of removing these obstacles, observing a fair deference to the sentiments of our people, and at the same time of preserving our race and of perpetuating unimpaired the rights of all, the weak and the strong; those less advanced, and those who have [24] made further progress towards civilization, your committee are of the opinion that the organization of the people here represented and such as may here after unite with them, should be a government of their own choice. It should be Republican in form, with its powers clearly defined, and full guarantees given for all the powers, rights, and privileges respectively, now reserved to them by their treaties. They therefore respectfully recommend that the Council proceed to form a constitution for the Indian Territory, which shall conform to existing treaty stipulations; provide for Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Departments, invested with such powers only, as have been, conceded to this General Council and not inconsistent with all the rights reserved to each nation and tribe, who were parties to the Treaties of 186, and also with the final provision, that such constitution shall be obligatory and binding only upon such nations and tribes as may hereafter duly approve and adopt the same.

Council adjourned until 9 o’clock A. M., Monday.

MONDAY, December 12, 1870

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

Credentials presented and the following delegate was admitted to a seat:

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CHOCTAW NATION, Coleman Cole.

Minutes of the preceding meeting read and approved.

Report of the Special Committee on Permanent Organization taken up.

[25] On motion it was agreed that when a vote should be taken on the adoption of the report on permanent organization, the ayes and nays should be recorded.

The question being upon the adoption of report of Special Committee the roll was called with the following result:

Ayes, W. P. Ross, Keys, A. Ross, Sarcoxie, Brewer, Taylor, Scales, Vann, of Cherokees; Stidham, Porter, Moore, L. C. Perryman, Grayson, J. M. Perryman, S. W. Perryman, Ok-tar-har-Bars Harjo, Charke, Barnard, Smith, Walker, of Muskokees; King, of Ottawas; Flint, of Eastern Shawnees; Spicer, of Senecas; Wright, of Wyandottes ; Black, of Confederated Peorias and others; Keokuk and Muttatah, of Sacs and Foxes; White and Ellis, of Absentee Shawnees; A. Captain, Hardrope, Bevenue, of Osages; Fus-hat-the Harjo, Brown, of Seminoles; Leflore, McKinney, Fry, Ma-ha-tubbee, Durant, Thompson, Folsom, Wright, Cole, of the Choctaws; Percy, James, Hopiah-tubbee, Carter, Kemp, of the Chickasaws—48.

Nays—Stealer, Alberty, Proctor, Chambers, and Johnson of the Cherokees—5.

The report was adopted.

On motion of Mr. Carter of the Chickasaw Nation, the following Committee of twelve was appointed to draft a constitution.

Committee:
W. P. Ross, Cherokee Nation; Campbell Leflore, Choctaw Nation; Colbert Carter, Chickasaw Nation; John F. Brown, Seminole Nation; Francis King, Ottawa Nation; [26] Joseph P. Folsom, Choctaw Nation; G. W. Johnson, Cherokee Nation; C. P. H. Percy, Chickasaw Nation; Ok-tar-har-sars. Harjo, Muskokee Nation; G. W. Stdham, Muskokee Nation; Riley Keys, Cherokee Nation; Augustus Captain, Osage Nation.

Council adjourned until 2 o’clock P. M.

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Two O’CLOCK P. M.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

The following Resolution was submitted by Mr. Smith, of the Muskokee Nation, and on motion of Mr. Ross, unanimously adopted:

WHEREAS, the members of the General Council of the Indian Territory have had the honor to receive Messrs. Campbell, Lang, and Farwell of the United States Indian Commission, and to hear their view in regard to the general interest of the Indians in the Indian Territory and the expression of their sympathies for the welfare of all the red people; and,

WHEREAS, the General Council is desirous of preserving upon the journal of their proceedings, a record of this appreciation of the noble sentiments of truth, justice and humanity entertained by the Commissioners; therefore,

Be it Resolved: That the General Council of the Indian Territory hereby record this declaration of the pleasure they have experienced from the attendance upon the Council of Messrs. Campbell, Lang and Farwell [27] of United States Indian Commission; of their grateful appreciation of their words of hope, cheer and encouragement they have heard from them and of their own desire to conform as far as practicable, with the just and humane policy of the United States, the preservation of peace and kindness between the Indians of this Territory themselves, and with the whites upon their border, and for the improvement and perpetuation of their own people and race.

The Report of the Committee on Agriculture was submitted and adopted [see appendix marked "A"].

On motion the report was adopted.

On motion Council adjourned until 9 o’clock A. M. tomorrow.

TUESDAY, Dec. 13,
9 O’CLOCK A. M.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. E. J. Brown, delegate from the Seminole Nation, admitted to a seat.

Preceding minutes read and approved.

The President introduced the Hon. Eli S. Parker, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, who delivered an address setting forth his views as to the wishes and expectations of the government of the United States and of the friends of the

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Indians throughout the same from the General Council of the Indian Territory, with suggestions as to the best mode of legislation to meet those expectations; and also words of cheer and [28] encouragement in this great and important undertaking.

On motion, Council adjourned until 2 o’clock P. M.

TWO O’CLOCK P. M.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

On motion of Mr. W. P. Ross, the committee of twelve for drafting a constitution for the government of the Indian Territory, retired from the Council for the purpose of entering upon their duties and was instructed to report at as early an hour as practicable.

Committee on Education was granted leave to retire to mature their report.

On motion, Council adjourned until 9 o’clock A. M. tomorrow.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 1870,
9 O’CLOCK A. M.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

Preceding minutes read and adopted.

On motion, Mr. Scales, delegate from the Cherokee Nation submitted a resolution relating to the tribes of the Plains.

Referred to the Committee on International Relations.

The Superintendent read the commission assigning to duty G. W. Greyson as Secretary of the General Council of the Territory.

[29] On motion of Mr. Porter, of the Muskokee Nation, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:

Be it Resolved: That the thanks of the General Council of the Indian Territory be and is hereby tendered to I. G. Vore for the able and efficient manner in which he has conducted the duties of the office of Secretary of the Council and that the President of the Council be instructed to conpensate [sic] him for his services.

On motion of Mr. Folsom of the Choctaw Nation, the Council adjourned to meet at 9 o’clock tomorrow morning.

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THURSDAY, Dec. 15th.
9 O’CLOCK A. M.

Prayer by Mr. Duncan.

Mr. Wm. P. Ross, of the Cherokee Nation, announced that there were present two delegates from the Cherokee Nation, who would present their credentials, whereupon Mr. J. W. Adair and Joseph Thompson presented their credentials and were admitted to seats.

Credentials were also presented by two additional members from the Muskokee Nation, namely, Martup Yoholar in the place of G. W. Greyson, resigned and David M. Hodge in place of D. N. McIntosh absent.

Minutes of the preceding day read and adopted.

[30] S. W. Perryman, of the Creek Nation, introduced a resolution providing for a Committee of three persons whose duties will be to revise and rearrange the minutes and proceedings of the Council preparatory to printing and publishing the same.

Mr. Moore of the same nation moved to amend the resolution so as to provide for the rereading of the same before the adjournment of the present Council.

Resolution as amended was adopted.

Resolution read as follows,

Resolved that the President be authorized to appoint a a Committee of three presons [sic] to revise and prepare for publication the journal of the proceedings of the General Council to be read in presence of the Council before its adjournment.

President announced as members of the Committee on revision:

Allen Ross, of the Cherokee Nation; G. W. Walker, of the Muskokee Nation; E. J. Brown, of the Seminole Nation.

By request of Mr. Moore of the Muskokee Nation, Mr. James Thompson of the Choctaw Nation was added to tale Committee on International Relations.

On motion of J. M. Perryman of the Muskokee Nation, the Council adjourned to meet again at 2 o’clock P. M.

Two O’CLOCK P. M.

[31] Council met pursuant to adjournment.

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The President added to the Committee on Revision, Mr. Joseph Thompson of the Cherokee Nation.

Allen Ross, of the Cherokee Nation, Chairman of the Committee on International Relations, submitted the report of that Committee in the form of a resolution tendering to the wild tribes of the Plains the hand of friendship and recommending to them the prudence of refraining from acts of hostility among themselves, as well as against the citizens of the United States.

The President highly recommended the spirit of the report and expressed a desire that every effort will be made to better the condition of the tribes of the Plains as well as all other Indians.

On motion of J. A. Scales, of the Cherokee Nation, the report was unanimously adopted.

Your committee to whom was referred the resolution in regard to the various tribes of the Plains respectfully state leave to submit the Hollowing resolution and recommend that it be adopted by the General Council:

RESOLUTION IN RELATION TO THE TRIBES OF THE PLAINS:

Resolved by the General Council of the Indian Territory,
That the Superintendent of Indian Affairs be and he is hereby requested to convey through his respective agents or otherwise to the Comanches, Kiowas, Cheyennes, Arapahoes, and other tribes of the Plains, the fact that the Choctaws, Chickasaws, Cherokees, Muskokees, Seminoles, Osages, Senecas, Shawnees, Ottawas, Peorias, Wyandottes, Quapaws and Sacs and Foxes have met in General Council and confederated; that the object of this confederation is to preserve peace and friendship, among themselves, with all other Red Men, and with the people of the [32] United States; to promote the general welfare of all Indians and to establish friendly relations with them, to secure our lands exclusively to ourselves and to transmit them to our children after us; that the nations above named extend to them the hand of friendship,.. that they earnestly recommend them to refrain from acts of hostility among themselves and with the people of the United States, and that we offer them our aid and council in establishing permanently friendly relations with the Government of the same, and will meet them in council whenever practicable and desired by the Superintendent of Indian Affairs.

On motion, of Porter, of the Muskokee Nation, Council adjourned to meet at 9 o’clock tomorrow.

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DECEMBER 16, 1870.
9 O’CLOCK

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

Minutes of the preceding day read, adopted.

Robert Lumbard as a Delegate from the Quapaw Nation in place of Geo. Lane, presented his credentials and was admitted to a seat in the Council.

James M. C. Smith, Chairman of the Committee on Education, submitted the report of that Committee which was read and referred back to the Committee for correction.

On motion of J. R. Moore, Council adjourned to meet at 1 o’clock P. M.

ONE O’CLOCK P. M.

President announced that the Committee on the Constitution had reported only a portion of its work which was taken up read twice and interpreted.

The report of the Committee on Education was received as corrected, read, and interpreted; which on motion of J. M. C. Smith was laid on the table.

And the report of the Committee on the Constitution, was taken up, read and interpreted.

Council adjourned to meet at 9 o’clock tomorrow morning.

SATURDAY, Dec. 17th, 1870.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

Roll was called.

Another portion of the report of the Committee on the Constitution was read and interpreted.

The report of the Committee on the Populations and Educational Interests of the several nations represented in the General Council was read and adopted. [See Appendix marked "C." ]

Smith, of the Muskogee Nation, moved to adjourn until 9 o’clock Monday morning.

Motion sustained.

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MONDAY, Dec. 19th, 1870.
9 O’CLOCK A. M.

Council convened 9 o’clock pursuant to adjournment.

The roll was called by the Secretary.

Mr. Ross of the Cherokees introduced the following resolution which was adopted:

Resolved, That the President of the General Council be respectfully requested to allow the mileage of those members for the distance they travelled [sic] in going to and returning from the regular session of the Council in September last but who failed to reach it before its adjournment until December.

By order of the President, the entire constitution as drafted by the Committee, was read a second time and interpreted.

The Committee on Education submitted a revised copy of their report of the day previous which was read and adopted.

On motion of C. Leflore, the Council adjourned to meet again at 2 o’clock.

TWO O’CLOCK P. M.

Council met pursuant to adjournment and the roll was called by the Secretary.

W. P. Ross of the Cherokees, introduced an invitation from the Cherokee Council requesting the location of the capital at Fort Gibson.

[35] Motion by Mr. Ross to lay the same on the table. Motion adopted.

Constitution as drafted was put upon its third reading.

Section 6th, of the Declaration of the Rights, amended by Percy, by inserting after the word fury, the words: of the district wherein the crime shall have been committed. Amendment adopted.

Mr. Ross moved to amend the 2d section of the 3rd Article by inserting after the last word the words,—and for the Sacs and Foxes one senator; adopted.

Mr. Percy of Chickasaw Nation moved to strike out the whole Section 2 of Article 3, and insert: "The Senate

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shall be composed of one member from each Nation adopting this Constitution."

The ayes and nays were called for by Geo. W. Johnson of the Cherokee Nation.

Rejected—nays 48, ayes 8.

Geo. W. Johnson moved to amend by inserting in the 3d Section of the 4th Article the words: "and who shall not be as natural born citizen of the Indian Territory—Withdrawn.

Leflore moved to insert as a part of Section 11 of Article 4 the clause: all commissions shall be "In the name and by the authority of the Indian Territory, and be sealed with the seal, and signed by the Governor and attested by the Secretary of the Territory." This clause was adopted.

Mr. Johnson of the Cherokee Nation moved to amend this schedule by inserting: Provided, that this [36] Constitution shall be obligatory and binding only upon such nations and tribes as may hereafter duly approve and adopt the same. Amendment adopted.

Council adjourned to meet at 9 o’clock tomorrow.

DECEMBER 20, 1870.
9 O’CLOCK A. M.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

Roll called.

Minutes read and adopted.

Mr. Ross of the Cherokee Nation moved to transpose the last clause of the 3d Section of the 5th Article, and make it the concluding clause of the 1st Section of the same article. Adopted.

C. Leflore submitted an additional section as Section 17th, to the 3d Article of the Constitution as follows:

Sec. 17. The salaries of all officers created under this Constitution, not otherwise provided shall be regulated by law but there shall be no increase or diminution in the same during the term for which said officers may have been elected or appointed.

Adopted.

Mr. J. Thompson, of the Choctaws, moved to amend the schedule by inserting after the words councils in the 8th line the words: or the people. Adopted.

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Leflore moved to amend Section 9 of Article 4 by inserting: and fines, after the word respites.

Adopted.

Mr. Johnson of the Cherokee Nation submitted resolutions, providing for the submitting of the Constitution to the several Nations, without taking a vote on the same at the present time, as an amendment to the schedule resolution.

Mr. Scales moved to lay on the table. Motion prevailed.

Mr. Ross called for the ayes and nays, when votes stood as follows, Ayes—W. P. Ross, R. Keys, A. Ross, J. Sarcoxie, 0. H. P. Brewer, S. M. Taylor, J. A. Scales, Stealer, Moses Alberty, J. Vann, G. W. Johnson, J. Thompson, J. W. Adair, G. W. Stidham, P. Porter, J. R. Moore, L. C. Perryman, J. M. Perryman, Ok-tar-har-sars Harjo, Charke, T. Barnett, J. M. C. Smith, G. W. Walker, Martup Yoholar, D. M. Hodge, C. Lefiore, J. McKinney, Wm. Fry, Ma-ha-tubbee, A. R. Durant, J. Thompson, J. P. Fulsom, Alfred Wright, Coleman Cole, Hopiah-tubbe, C. Carter, J. Kemp, F. King, L. Flint, R. Lumbard, George Spicer, Geo. Wright, Ed Black, Keokuk, John White, J. Ellis, A. Captain, S. Bevenue, Hard Rope, Wah-ta-ink-a, Fushutche Harjo, E. J. Brown. Nays E. Proctor, H. Chambers, S. W. Perryman, ayes 52. Nays—E. Proctor, H. Chambers, E. J. Brown—3.

Constitution was declared adopted. [See Appendix marked "B"]

0. H. P. Brewer of the Cherokees submitted resolution providing for the sending of delegates to the seat of the United States Government.

[38] On motion of J. Thompson, of the Cherokee Nation, Council adjourned until 2 o’clock P. M.

TWO O’CLOCK P. M.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.

The following resolution was unanimously adopted:

Resolved, that the General Council adjourn this Dec20th, at 3 o’clock P. M. to meet on the first Monday in June next at Okmulgee, Creek Nation.

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On motion of Mr. Ross, of the Cherokee Nation, Resolved that we tender to the President our thanks for the impartial and dignified manner in which he has presided over the sittings of the Council.

On motion of Mr. Porter, of the Creek Nation, Resolved that we tender thanks to Edward Earl, Dr. Nichalson and Thomas Miller for their kind attention and advice during the sessions of the General Council.

On motion of C. Leflore, the Council adjourned to meet at Okmulgee, C. N. on the first Monday in June, 1871.

ENOCH HOAG,
Supt. Ind. Affs.
President Gen’l Council.

G. W. GREYSON, Secretary.

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