Washington : Government Printing Office
Whereas, pursuant to the provisions of the Act of February 20, 1895 (28 Stat. L., 677), the Southern Ute Band of Indians in Colorado ceded to the United States a large area of their reservation in the State of Colorado established expressly for their benefit under the treaty of June 15, 1880 (21 Stat. L., 199), and
Whereas, There is now remaining undisposed of within the said ceded area approximately 200,000 acres of such ceded land, most of which is urgently required as grazing land for the use of the Southern Ute Band of Indians, and which has been found to be primarily of value for Indian purposes as an addition to the existing Southern Ute Indian Reservation, and
Whereas, by relinquishment and cancellation of homestead entries within this area a limited additional acreage of land of similar character may later be included within this class of undisposed-of ceded land, and
Whereas, the Tribal Council, the Superintendent of the Consolidated Ute Indian Agency, and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs have recommended restoration to tribal ownership of all such undisposed-of ceded land within the following described boundaries:
Townships 32, 33 and 34 North, Ranges 1 ½ to 13 West, inclusive, of the N. M. P. M., in Colorado, being that area lying between the north boundary of the old Southern Ute Reservation and the south boundary of the State of Colorado and extending west from the 107th Meridian to the east boundary of the present Southern Ute Reservation.
Now, therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by Sections 3 and 7 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. L., 984), I hereby find that restoration to tribal ownership of all land which is now, or may hereafter be, classified as undisposed-of ceded Ute Indian land lying within the above described boundaries in Colorado, will be in the public interest, and the said land is hereby restored to tribal ownership for the use and benefit of the Southern Ute Tribe of Indians of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Colorado, and is added to and made a part of the existing Southern Ute Reservation, subject to any valid existing rights.
E. K. BURLEW,
Acting Secretary of the Interior.