Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1904.
|Chap. 50||Public lands.|
|Chap. 50|| Errors in allotments and patents to Indians to be corrected.
1887, Feb. 8, c. 119, ante, p. 33.
1891, Feb. 28, c. 383, ante, p. 56.
Be it enacted, &c., That in all cases where it shall appear that a double allotment of land has heretofore been, or shall hereafter be, wrongfully or erroneously made by the Secretary of the Interior to any Indian by an assumed name or otherwise, or where a mistake has been or shall be made in the description of the land inserted in any patent, said Secretary is hereby authorized and directed, during the time that the United States may hold the title to the land in trust for any such Indian and for which a conditional patent may have been issued, to rectify and correct such mistake and cancel any patent which may have been erroneously and wrongfully issued, whenever in his opinion the same ought to be canceled for error in the issue thereof, or for the best interests of the Indian, and, if possession of the original patent can not be obtained, such cancellation shall be effective if made upon the records of the General Land Office; and no proclamation shall be necessary to open the lands so allotted to settlement. [January 26, 1895.]