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Chapter 134
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Chap. 134 Big Horn Southern Railroad Company granted right of way through Crow Indian Reservation, Mont.
    1893, c. 192, post, p. 479.
    Note to 1882, c. 74, ante, p. 195.
Chap. 134 Location.
Sec. 2 Width.
Sec. 2 Buildings, etc.
Sec. 2 Stations.
Sec. 3 Compensation.
Sec. 3 Surveys, etc., to be approved by Secretary of the Interior.
Sec. 3 Proviso. Consent of Indians.
Sec. 4 Not assignable.
Sec. 4 Proviso. Mortgage.
Sec. 4 Commencement and completion.
Sec. 5 Condition of acceptance.
Sec. 5 Proviso. Violation to forfeit.
Sec. 6 Survey.
Sec. 7 Amendment, etc.

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Chapter 134
    Feb. 12, 1889. | 25 Stat., 660.
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An act granting to the Big Horn Southern Railroad Company a right of way through a part of the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana Territory.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That a right of way is hereby granted, as hereinafter set forth, to the Big Horn Southern Railroad Company, a corporation duly organized and existing under the laws of the Territory of Montana, for the construction, operation, and maintenance of its railroad, telegraph, and telephone line through the lands set apart for the use of the Crow Indians, and commonly known as the Crow Indian Reservation, beginning at a point on the Northern Pacific Railroad, in the vicinity of the mouth of the Big Horn River, in Yellowstone County, Montana Territory; thence by the most practicable route up said Big Horn River to or near the mouth of the Little Big Horn River; thence up said Little Big Horn River to or near the mouth of Owl Creek; thence up said creek to and across the southern boundary-line of said reservation.

SEC. 2

That the right of way hereby granted to said company shall be seventy-five feet in width on each side of the central line of said railroad, as aforesaid; and said company shall also have the right to take from said lands adjacent to the line of said road material, stone, earth, and timber necessary for the construction of said railroad; also ground adjacent to said right of way for station buildings, depots, machine-shops, side-tracks, turn-outs, and water stations, not to exceed in amount three hundred feet in width and three thousand feet in length for each station, to the extent of one station for each ten miles of its road, except at the terminus of said road at a point on the Northern Pacific Railroad in the vicinity of the mouth of the Big Horn River, Yellowstone County, Montana, and at such point not to exceed one hundred and sixty acres, or so much thereof as the Secretary of the Interior shall decide to be reasonably necessary for terminal facilities.

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SEC. 3

That it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Interior to fix the amount of compensation to be paid the Indians for such right of way, and grounds adjacent thereto, as provided in section two, and provide the time and manner for the payment thereof; and also to ascertain and fix the amount of compensation to be made individual members of the tribe for damages sustained by them by reason of the construction of said road; but no right of way shall vest in aid railroad company in or to any of the right of way herein provided for until plats thereof, made upon actual survey for the definite location of such railroad, and including the points for station buildings, depots, machine-shops, side-tracks, turn-outs, and water-stations, shall be filed with and approved by the Secretary of the Interior, which approval shall be made in writing and be open for the inspection of any party interested therein, and until the compensation aforesaid has been fixed and paid; and the surveys, construction, and operation of such railroad shall be conducted with due regard for the rights of the Indians and in accordance with such rules and regulations as the Secretary of the Interior may make to carry out this provision: Provided, That the President of the United States may, in his discretion, require that the consent of the Indians to said right of way shall be obtained by said railroad company, in such manner as he may prescribe, before any right under this act shall accrue to said company.

SEC. 4

That said company shall not assign or transfer or mortgage this right of way for any purpose whatever until said road shall be completed through that part of said reservation through which it shall be constructed: Provided, That the company may mortgage said franchise, together with the rolling stock, for money to construct and complete said road: And provided further, That the right granted herein shall be lost and forfeited by said company unless the road is constructed and in running order through said reservation on said line within two years from the passage of this act, or if the consent of the Indians is required under the terms of the proviso to section three of this act, then within two years from the date when such consent shall be obtained as provided in section three of this act.

SEC. 5

That the said railroad company shall accept this right of way upon the expressed condition, binding upon itself, its successors and assigns, that they will neither aid, advise, nor assist in any effort looking towards the changing or extinguishing the present tenure of the Indians in their land, and will not attempt to secure from the Indian tribes any further grant of land or its occupancy than is here- inbefore provided: Provided, That any violation of the condition mentioned in this section shall operate as a forfeiture of all the rights and privileges of said railroad company under this act.

SEC. 6

That said railroad company shall have the right to survey and locate its road immediately after the passage of this act.

SEC. 7

That Congress may at any time amend, add to, alter, or repeal this act.

Approved, February 12, 1889.

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