Washington : Government Printing Office
Whereas pursuant to the provisions of the Act of March 3, 1905 (33 Stat. 1016), the Shoshone-Arapaho Tribes of Indians in Wyoming ceded to the United States a large area of their reservation in the State of Wyoming, established under the Treaty of July 3, 1868 (15 Stat. 673), and
Whereas there is now remaining undisposed-of within the ceded or "opened" portion of the Wind River Reservation, an area estimated to be slightly in excess of 1,000,000 acres of such ceded lands, most of which is urgently required as grazing land for the use of the Shoshone-Arapaho Tribe of Indians in order properly to support and develop their greatly expanded cattle industry, and
Whereas the Superintendent of the Wind River Reservation and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs have recommended restoration to tribal ownership of all the undisposed-of ceded lands within the following described land use districts, of which no part of the land is under lease or permit to non-Indians:
T. 5 N., R. 5 W.,
Sec. 4, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, S/2 N/2 and the N/2 SW/4,
Sec. 5, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, S/2 N/2, SW/4 and the N/2 SE/4,
Sec. 7, Lots 1, 2, 3, 9, NE/4 NW/4 and the NW/4 NE/4.
T. 6 N., R. 5 W.,
Secs. 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33.
Now, therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by section 5 of the Act of July 27, 1939 (53 Stat. 1128-1130), I hereby find that restoration to tribal ownership of the lands within the area described above, which are classified as undisposed-of ceded land of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming, will be in the tribal interest, and they are hereby restored to tribal ownership for the use and benefit of the Shoshone-Arapaho Tribes of Indians of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming, and are added to and made a part of the existing Wind River Reservation, subject to any valid existing rights.
HAROLD L. ICKES,
Secretary of the Interior.