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

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

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Navaho Reserve.

(For order relating to part of Navaho Reserve in Utah, see New Mexico.)

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Unitah Valley Reserve
[In the Uintah and Ouray Agency; area, 3,186 square miles; occupied by Gosiute. Pavant, Uinta. Yampa, Grand River, Uncompahgre, and White River Ute: acts of May 5, 1864 (13 Stat., 63), and May 24, 1888 (25 Stat., 157).]

Washington, October 3, 1861.

SIR:     I have the honor herewith to submit for your consideration the recommendation of the Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the Uintah Valley, in the Territory of Utah, be set apart and reserved for the use and occupancy of Indian tribes.

In the absence of an authorized survey (the valley and surrounding country being as yet unoccupied by settlements of our citizens), I respectfully recommend that you order the entire valley of the Uintah River within Utah Territory, extending on both sides of said river to the crest of the first range of contiguous mountains on each side, to be reserved to the United States and set apart as an Indian reservation.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
CALEB B. SMITH, Secretary.


EXECUTIVE OFFICE, October 3, 1861.

Let the reservation be established, as recommended by the Secretary of the Interior.


(See acts of Congress, approved May 5, 1864, 13 Stats., 63, June 18, 1878, 20 Stats., 165, and May 24, 1888, 25 Stats., 157.)

Washington City, August 31, 1887.


SIR:     Upon recommendation of the commanding general, Division of the Missouri, I have the honor to request that the following-described tract of land in the Territory of Utah, embraced within the limits of the Uintah Indian reservation, created by Executive order dated October 3, 1861, and act of Congress approved May 5, 1864 (13 Stats., 63), may be duly declared and set apart by the Executive as a military reservation for the post of Fort Du Chesne, viz:

Beginning at a point 2 miles due north of the flag-staff of Fort Du Chesne, Utah Territory, and running thence due west 1 mile to the northwest corner; thence due south 3 miles to the southwest corner; thence due east 2 miles to the southeast corner; thence due north 3 miles to the northeast corner; thence due west 1 mile to the point of beginning.

Area: Six square miles, 2 by 3.

The Secretary of the Interior states that there is no objection on the part of that Department to the use of the tract in question for military purposes (the selection of which is the result of a mutual agreement), provided it be understood that the same be subject to such right, title, and interest as the Indians have to and in said land, which shall be vacated whenever the interest of the Indians require it.

A sketch of the proposed military reservation is inclosed herewith.

I have the honor to be, sir, with great respect, your obedient servant.
Acting Secretary of War.

Washington, September 1, 1887.

The within request is approved and the reservation is made and proclaimed accordingly: provided, that the use and occupancy of the land

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in question be subject to such right, title, and interest as the Indians have in and to the same, and that it be vacated whenever the interest of the Indians shall require it, upon notice to that effect to the Secretary of War.

The Secretary of the Interior will cause the proper notation to be made in the General Land Office.


Uncompahgre Reserve.
[In Uintah and Ouray Agency: occupied by Tabequache Ute: acts of June 15, 1880 (21 Stat., 199), and June 7, 1897 (30 Stat., 62).]

EXECUTIVE MANSION, January 5, 1882.

It is hereby ordered that the following tract of country, in the Territory of Utah, be, and the same is hereby, withheld from sale and set apart as a reservation for the Uncompahgre Utes, viz: Beginning at the southeast corner of township 6 south, range 25 east, Salt Lake meridian; thence west to the southwest corner of township 6 south, range 24 east; thence north along the range line to the northwest corner of said township 6 south, range 24 east; thence west along the first standard parallel south of the Salt Lake base-line to a point where said standard parallel will, when extended, intersect the eastern boundary of the Uintah Indian Reservation as established by C. L. Du Bois, United States deputy surveyor, under his contract dated August 30, 1875; thence along said boundary southeasterly to the Green River; thence down the west bank of Green River to the point where the southern boundary of said Uintah Reservation, as surveyed by Du Bois, intersects said river; thence northwesterly with the southern boundary of said reservation to the point where the line between ranges 16 and 17 east of Salt Lake meridian will, when surveyed, intersect said southern boundary; thence south between said ranges 16 and 17 east, Salt Lake meridian, to the third standard parallel south; thence east along said third standard parallel to the eastern boundary of Utah Territory; thence north along said boundary to a point due east of the place of beginning; thence due west to the place of beginning.


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