INDIAN AFFAIRS: LAWS AND TREATIES

Vol. I, Laws     (Compiled to December 1, 1902)

Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1904.


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ACTS OF FIFTY-FIFTH CONGRESS—THIRD SESSION, 1899.
CHAP. 65 | CHAP. 88 | CHAP. 129 | CHAP. 153 | CHAP. 178 | CHAP. 193 | CHAP. 219 | CHAP. 222 | CHAP. 225 | CHAP. 226 | CHAP. 316 | CHAP. 324 | CHAP. 380 | CHAP. 424 | CHAP. 450 | CHAP. 453 | J. R. 40

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Chapter 324
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Chap. 324 Indian Department appropriations.
Chap. 324 Investigation of alleged cutting of green timber, etc., Chippewa reservation, Minn.
    [30 Stat., 929.]
Chap. 324 Approval of allotments to Uncompahgre Ute Indians.
    [30 Stat., 940.]
Chap. 324 Proviso.
—limitation.

    1897, ch. 3, ante, p. 621.
Chap. 324 Uintah Reservation, Utah. Grant of water rights in.
    See note to 1888, c. 310, ante, p. 271.
Chap. 324 Proviso. Rights of Indians paramount.
Chap. 324 Regulations.
Chap. 324 Yakima Reservation. Leases of agricultural lands by Indians authorized.
Sec. 2 Sisseton and Wahpeton bands, Dakota, or Sioux Indians, etc. Restrictions on attorneys’ contracts for services.
    [30 Stat., 946]
    Ante, p. 431.
Sec. 2 —not applicable to contracts allowed within time stated in contract, etc.
Sec. 2 Legal effect of contract to date from approval, etc.
    R. S., sec. 2103.
Sec. 2 Adjustment and allowance of.
Sec. 2 Appropriation for payment.
Sec. 2 Proviso.
—limit.
Sec. 6 Crow Reservation, Mont. Use of annuity money of Indians for irrigation.
    [30 Stat., 947.]
    See note to 1882, c. 74, ante, p. 195.

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Chapter 324
    Mar. 1, 1899. | 30 Stat., 924.
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An act making appropriations for the current and contingent expenses of the Indian Department and for fulfilling treaty stipulations with various Indian tribes for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and they are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of paying the current and contingent expenses of the Indian Department and in full compensation for all offices the salaries for which are specially provided for herein, for the service of the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred, and fulfilling treaty stipulations for the various Indian tribes, namely:


The Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized and directed to cause an investigation by an Indian inspector and a special Indian agent of the alleged cutting of green timber under contracts for cutting “dead and down,” on the Chippewa ceded and diminished reservations in the State of Minnesota, and also whether the present plan of estimating

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and examining timber on said lands and sale thereof is the best that can be devised for protection of the interests of said Indians; and also in his discretion to suspend the further estimating, appraising, examining, and cutting of timber, and the sale of the same, and also suspend the sale of the lands in said reservation.


The Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized, in his discretion, to approve eighty-three allotments made by the Uncompahgre commission to Uncompahgre Ute Indians, within the former Uncompahgre Indian Reservation in Utah, after the first day of April, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, and to issue patents therefore in manner and form as provided by existing law: Provided, That no allotment which conflicts with any entry or location under the Act approved June seventh, eighteen hundred and ninety-seven, declaring the unallotted lands of said reservation, except those containing gilsonite, asphalt, elaterite, or other like substances, open for entry and location on said date, shall be approved.

That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby authorized, in his discretion, to grant rights of way for the construction and maintenance of dams, ditches, and canals, on or through the Uintah Indian Reservation in Utah, for the purpose of diverting and appropriating the waters of the streams in said reservation for useful purposes: Provided, That all such grants shall be subject at all times to the paramount rights of the Indians on said reservation to so much of said waters as may have been appropriated, or may hereafter be appropriated or needed by them for agricultural and domestic purposes; and it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Interior to prescribe such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary to secure to the Indians the quantity of water needed for their present and prospective wants, and to otherwise protect the rights and interests of the Indians and the Indian service.


That the Indians of the Yakima Indian Reservation, to whom lands have been allotted under the laws of the United States, may lease their lands so allotted for agricultural purposes for a term not exceeding five years, under such rules and regulations as are or may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior, anything in the law now limiting the term to a shorter term not withstanding.


SEC. 2

And nothing in section twenty-seven of chapter five hundred and forty-three, volume twenty-six, of the United States Statutes at Large, pages one thousand and thirty-eight and one thousand and thirty-nine, shall be construed to apply to any contract for services for the prosecution of any claim against the United States, or the Indians named in said section, and which had been prosecuted to its final allowance by the Department before which it was prosecuted within the period stated in said contracts; and said contracts shall not be deemed or taken to have been in full force and legal effect until the date of their official approval by the Secretary of the Interior and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and the date of the approval thereof officially indorsed thereon by said Secretary of the Interior and Commissioner of Indian Affairs, as required by the provisions of the fourth paragraph of section twenty-one hundred and three of the Revised Statutes of the United States; and in cases mentioned in said section twenty-seven the Secretary of the Interior shall cause all claims for service under agreements mentioned in said section twenty-seven to be adjusted, audited, allowed, and paid out of any moneys in the Treasury belonging to the bands or tribes to which such Indians belong; and so much money as is necessary for that purpose is hereby appropriated out of

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their funds in the Treasury, and the amount so paid shall be charged against any fund to the credit of said Indians, tribes, bands, or individuals in the Treasury of the United States: Provided, That the amount so audited, allowed, and paid shall not exceed the sum of forty-five thousand dollars.


SEC. 6

That with the consent of the Crow Indians in Montana, to be obtained in the usual way, the Secretary of the Interior, in his discretion, may use the annuity money due or to become due said Indians to complete the irrigation system heretofore commenced on said Crow Indian Reservation.

Approved, March 1, 1899.


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