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Chapter 219
Section 2

Margin Notes
Chap. 219 Preamble.
    Vol. 2, p. 742.
    Act of Feb. 6, 1871, ante. p. 128.
Chap. 219 Stockbridge and Munsee Indians, Wisconsin. Distribution of tribal funds.
    Vol. 2, p. 556.
Chap. 219 Share in tribal funds and lands.
Chap. 219 Fee simple ownership.
Chap. 219 Patents to issue.
Sec. 2 Enrollment to be taken and filed.
Sec. 2 Proviso. Prior allotments.

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Chapter 219
    Mar. 3, 1893. | 27 Stat., 744.
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An act for the relief of the Stockbridge and Munsee tribe of Indians, in the State of Wisconsin.

Whereas, a treaty was entered into on the fifth day of February, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, by and between the Government of the United States and the Stockbridge and Munsee Indians, in which the said Indians ceded certain lands to the United States, and accepted in consideration thereof certain lands as a reservation, to which said Indians removed, and upon which they have ever since resided; and

Whereas by the interpretation placed by Government officials on the act of February sixth, eighteen hundred and seventy-one, an act for the relief of said Indians, a large part of said Indians (and their descendants) who signed said treaty of eighteen hundred and fifty-six, and have continued with said tribe from the making of said treaty to the present time, are excluded from participating in tribal funds and the right to accupy said reservation: Therefore
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

That all persons who were actual members of said tribe of Indians at the time of the execution of the treaty of February fifth, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, and their descendants, and all persons who became members of the tribe under the provisions of article six of said treaty, and their descendants, who did not in and by said treaty, and have not since its execution, separated from said tribe, are hereby declared members of said Stockbridge and Munsee tribe of Indians and entitled to their pro rata share in tribal funds and in the occupancy of tribal lands; and all members who entered into possession of lands under the allotments of eighteen hundred and fifty-six and of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, and who by themselves or by their lawful heirs have resided on said lands continuously since, are hereby declared to be owners of such lands in fee simple, in severalty, and the Government shall issue patents to them therefor.

SEC. 2

That it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Interior, without unnecessary delay after the passage of this act, to cause to be taken an enrollment of said tribe on the basis of the provisions of this act, which enrollment shall be filed, a copy in the Department of the Interior and a copy in the records of said tribe: Provided, that in all cases where allotments of eighteen hundred and seventy-one shall conflict with allotments of eighteen hundred and fifty-six, the latter shall prevail.

Approved, March 3, 1893.

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