Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1904.
|Chap. 376||Uintah Indian Reservation, Utah. Commission to allot lands to Indians.
See note to 1874. c. 136, ante, p. 151.
1894, ch. 290, ante p. 546.
See also note, 1888, c. 310, ante, p. 271.
|Chap. 376||Proviso. Desirable sites.|
|Sec. 2||Cession to United States of unallotted lands.|
|Sec. 2||ratification, etc.|
|Sec. 2||Provisos. Payment.|
|Sec. 2||Aggregate amount from sales, etc.|
|Sec. 3||Pay of commissioners.|
|Sec. 3||Proviso. Limit for expenses etc.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States is hereby authorized and directed to appoint a commission consisting of not more than three persons, who shall, with the consent of the Indians properly residing on the Uintah Indian Reservation in Utah, allot in severalty to the said Indians, and to such of the Uncompahgre Indians as may not be able to obtain allotments within the Uncompahgre Indian Reservation, agricultural and grazing lands as follows: To each head of a family, one-quarter of a section, with an additional quantity of grazing land not exceeding one-quarter of a section; to each single person over eighteen years of age, one-eighth of a section, with an additional quantity of grazing land not exceeding one-eighth of a section; to each orphan child under eighteen years of age, one-eighth of a section, with an additional quantity of grazing land not exceeding one-eighth of a section; to each other person under eighteen years of age born prior to such allotment, one-eighth of a section, with a like quantity of grazing land: Provided, That with the consent of said commission any adult Indian may select a less quantity of land, if more desirable on account of location.
All necessary surveys to enable said commission to complete the allotments shall be made under the direction of the General Land Office.
That said commission shall also obtain, by the consent of a majority of the adult male Indians properly residing upon and having an interest in the said Uintah Indian Reservation, the cession to the United States of all the lands within said reservation not allotted or needed for allotment as aforesaid. The agreement for such cession shall be reported by said commission and become operative when ratified by Act of Congress; and thereupon such ceded lands shall be held in trust by the United States for the purpose of sale to citizens thereof: Provided, That the United States shall pay no sum or amount whatever for said lands so ceded. Said lands shall be sold in such manner and in such quantities and for such prices as may be determined by Congress: Provided, That the amounts so received shall, in the aggregate be sufficient to pay said Indians in full the amount agreed upon for said lands. All sums received from the sales of said
lands shall be placed in the Treasury of the United States for said Indians, and shall be exclusively devoted to the use and benefit of the Indians having interests in the lands so ceded.
That said commissioners shall receive six dollars per day each, and their actual and necessary traveling and incidental expenses while on duty, and to be allowed a clerk to be selected by them, whose compensation shall be fixed by said commissioners, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior: Provided, That the cost of executing the provisions of this Act shall not exceed the sum of five thousand dollars, which sum is hereby appropriated for that purpose, out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Approved, June 4. 1898.