Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1913.
|Chap. 571||Arkansas. Western boundary line of, extended to include part of Indian Territory.|
5 Stat., 50.
|Chap. 571||Proviso. Rights of Indians, etc., not affected.
33 Stat., 715.
Be it enacted in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the consent of the United States is hereby given for the State of Arkansas to extend her western boundary line so as to include all that strip of land in the Indian Territory lying and being situate between the Arkansas State line adjacent to the city of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers, described as follows, namely: Beginning at a point on the south bank of the Arkansas River one hundred paces east of old Fort Smith, where the western boundary line of the State of Arkansas crosses the said river, and running south westerly along the south bank of the Arkansas River to the mouth of the Poteau; thence at right angles with the Poteau River to the center of the current of said river; thence southerly up the middle of the current of the Poteau River (except where the Arkansas State line intersects the Poteau River) to a point in the middle of the current of the Poteau River opposite the mouth of Mill Creek, and where it is intersected by the middle of the current of Mill Creek; thence up the middle of Mill Creek to the Arkansas State line; thence northerly along the Arkansas State line to the point of beginning: Provided, That nothing in this act shall be construed to impair any right now pertaining to any Indian tribe or tribes in said part of said Indian Territory under the laws, agreements, or treaties of the United States, or to affect the authority of the Government of the United States to make any regulations or to make any law respecting said Indians or their lands which it would have been competent to make or enact if this act had not been passed.
Approved, February 10, 1905.