Vol. IV, Laws     (Compiled to March 4, 1927)

Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1929.

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Chapter 363
August 21, 1916. | [S. 6308.] 39 Stat., 519.

An Act To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to lease, for production of oil and gas, ceded lands of the Shoshone or Wind River Indian Reservation in the State of Wyoming.
Section 2

Margin Notes
Chap. 363 Shoshone Indian Reservation, Wyo. Oil and gas leases on ceded lands of, authorized.
Chap. 363 Proceeds to Indians.
Chap. 363 33 Stat., 1020, vol. 3, 121.
Chap. 363 Proviso. Prior rights not affected.
Sec. 2 Royalties.
Sec. 2 Terms, etc.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized and empowered to lease, for the production of oil and has therefrom, lands within the ceded portion of the Shoshone or Wind River Indian Reservation in the State of Wyoming, under such terms and conditions as shall be by him prescribed; and the proceeds or royalties arising from any such leases shall be first applied to the extinguishment of any indebtedness of the Shoshone Indian Tribe to the United States and thereafter shall be applied to the use and benefit of said tribe in the same manner as though secured from the sale of said lands as provided by the Act of Congress approved March third, nineteen hundred and five, entitled "An Act to ratify and amend an agreement with the Indians residing on the Shoshone or Wind River Indian Reservation in the State of Wyoming, and to make appropriations for carrying the same into effect": Provided, however, That nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to abridge or enlarge any asserted or initiated rights or, claims under any law of the United States.

SEC. 2.

That the leases granted under this Act shall be conditioned upon the payment by the lessee of such royalty as may be fixed in the lease, which shall not be less than one-tenth in amount or value of the production and the payment in advance of a rental of not less than $1 per acre per annum during the continuance of the lease. The rental paid for any one year to be credited against the royalties as they accrue for that year. Leases shall be for a period of twenty years with the preferential right in the lessee to renew the same for successive periods of ten years each upon such reasonable terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior, unless otherwise provided by law at the time of expiration of any such period; said leases shall be irrevocable except for the breach of the terms and conditions of the same and may be forfeited and canceled by an appropriate proceeding in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming whenever the lessee fails to comply with their terns and conditions.

Approved August 21, 1916.

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