Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1913.
|Chap. 151||Relinquishment of United States title to former Creek lands in.
7 Stat., 120, vol. 2, p. 107.
7 Stat., 366, vol. 2, p. 341.
|Chap. 151||Proviso. Rights of Indians not affected.|
|Chap. 151||All title, etc., of United States abandoned.
37 Stat., 123.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of United States of America in Congress assembled, That the United States of America hereby forever relinquishes, releases, and quitclaims all right, title, and interest in and to all the lands now held under claim or color of title by individual or private ownership or municipal ownership and situated in the State of Alabama which were reserved, retained, or set apart to or for the Creek Tribe or Nation of Indians or any member or members thereof, under and by virtue of the treaties entered into between the United States of America and the Creek Tribe or Nation of Indians on the ninth day of August, eighteen hundred and fourteen, and at Washington on the twenty-fourth day of March, eighteen hundred and thirty-two, by which all the lands of said Creek Tribe or Nation of Indians east of the Mississippi River were ceded to the United States of America, as well as all lands so situated in the State of Alabama which may have been sold by the United States of America or under the authority of the same for the benefit of or in behalf of any Creek Indian or Indians, whether the conditions or reservations of sales were complied with or not, and whether or not patents were issued therefor by the United States; and in cases where patents have not been issued under the treaties aforesaid, the Commissioner of the General Land Office and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs shall cause to be made upon the records of their respective offices proper notations referring of this act and closing the cases: Provided, however, That nothing contained in this act shall be construed to affect or dispose of any right, claim, or title, if any, which any Indian of said Creek Tribe, or his or her heir or heirs, may have in or to any of said land.
The true intent of this act is hereby declared to be to concede and abandon all right, title, and interest of the United States to those persons, estates, firms, or corporations who would be the true and lawful owners of said lands under the laws of Alabama, including the laws of prescription, in the absence of said interest, title, and estate of the said United States.
Approved, June 4, 1912.