Vol. I, Laws     (Compiled to December 1, 1902)

Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1904.

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    27 Stat., 120.
Religious. etc., organizations.
Disposal of lands ceded.
    Ante p. 533.
Lands ceded by Alsea, etc., Indians on Siletz Reservation, Oreg., open to settlement July 25, 1895.
Persons warned not to enter on lands before time of opening.

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May 16, 1896. | 29 Stat., 866.

Whereas, pursuant to section one, of the act of Congress approved July thirteenth, eighteen hundred and ninety-two, entitled “An act making appropriations for the current and contingent expenses of the Indian Department, and for fulfilling treaty stipulations with various Indian tribes, for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-three, and for other purposes”, certain articles of cession and agreement were made and concluded at the Siletz Agency, Oregon, on the thirty-first day of October, eighteen hundred and ninety-two, by and between the United States of America and the Alsea and other Indians on Siletz Reservation in Oregon, whereby said Alsea and other Indians, for the consideration therein mentioned, ceded and conveyed to the United States all their claim, right, title and interest in and to all the unallotted lands within the limits of said reservation, except the five sections described in article four of the agreement, viz: section nine, township nine south, range eleven west of the Willamette Meridian, and the west half of the west half of section five, and the east half of section six, and the east half of the west half of section six, township ten south, range ten west, and the south half of section eight, and the north half of section seventeen, and section sixteen, township nine

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south, range nine west, and the east half of the northeast quarter, and Lot three, section twenty, and south half, and south half of north half of section twenty-one, township eight, range ten west; and whereas it is further stipulated and agreed by article six that any religious society or other organization shall have the right for two years from the date of the ratification of this agreement within which to purchase the lands occupied by it, with proper authority, for religious or educational work among the Indians, at the rate of $2.50 per acre, the same to be conveyed to such society or organization by patent; and whereas it is provided in the act of Congress, accepting, ratifying and confirming said agreement, approved August fifteenth, eighteen hundred and ninety-four, (Pamphlet Stats. pp. 286 to 338), section fifteen, that

The mineral lands shall be disposed of under the laws applicable thereto, and the balance of the land so ceded shall be disposed of until further provided by law under the town-site law and under the provisions of the homestead law: Provided, however, That each settler, under and in accordance with the provisions of said homestead laws shall, at the time of making his original entry, pay the sum of fifty cents per acre in addition to the fees now required by law, and at the time of making final proof shall pay the further sum of one dollar per acre, final proof to be made within five years from the date of entry, and three years’ actual residence on the land shall be established by such evidence as is now required in homestead proofs as a prerequisite to title or patent,

Whereas it is provided,

That immediately after the passage of this Act the Secretary of the Interior shall under such regulations as he may prescribe, open said lands to settlement after proclamation by the President and sixty days’ notice:

Whereas all the terms, conditions and considerations required by said agreement made with said tribe of Indians hereinbefore mentioned, and the laws relating thereto, precedent to opening said lands to settlement have been, as I hereby declare, provided for, paid and complied with:

Now, therefore, I, Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested by the statutes hereinbefore mentioned, and by said agreement, do hereby declare and make known that all of the lands acquired from the Alsea and other Indians, by said agreement, will, at and after the hour of twelve o’clock, noon (Pacific standard time), on the Twenty fifth day of July 1895 and not before, be opened to settlement, under the terms of and subject to all the conditions, limitations, reservations, and restrictions contained in said agreement, the statutes above specified and the laws of the United States applicable thereto.

The lands to be so opened to settlement are for greater convenience particularly described in the accompanying schedule, entitled “Schedule of lands within the Siletz Indian Reservation, in Oregon, opened to settlement by proclamation of the President, dated May 16th 1895”, and which schedule is made a part hereof.

Warning is hereby given that no person entering upon and occupying said lands before said hour of twelve o’clock, noon, of the 25th day of July 1895, hereinbefore fixed, will ever be permitted to enter any of said lands or acquire any right thereto, and that the officers of the United States will be required to strictly enforce this provision, which is authorized by the act of August 15, 1894, hereinbefore mentioned.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Sixteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and ninety-five, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and nineteenth.



By the President:
          Acting Secretary of State.

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