Washington : Government Printing Office
Whereas, pursuant to the provisions of an agreement accepted and ratified by the Act of June 15, 1880 (21 Stat. L., 199), the Confederated Bands of the Ute Tribe of Indians in Colorado ceded to the United States a large area of their reservation in the State of Colorado, which area was then held and deemed to be public land of the United States, subject to disposal under the laws providing for the disposal of public lands, except as provided in the said Act of June 15, 1880, supra, and
Whereas, there are now remaining undisposed of within the said ceded area certain tracts which, if now restored, would prove beneficial to the Confederated Bands of the Ute Tribe of Indians, because of their value for grazing purposes and mineral content, and
Whereas, by relinquishment and cancellation of unperfected homestead entries within this area a limited additional acreage of land of similar character may be included within the class of undisposed of ceded land, and
Whereas, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs has recommended restoration to tribal ownership of all said vacant undisposed of ceded lands within the following described boundaries:
Beginning at the southeast corner of section 36, township 47 north, range 1½ west of the New Mexico principal meridian in Colorado; thence west on the section lines to the southeast corner of section 35, township 47 north, range 2 west; thence north to the northeast corner of the said section 35; thence west to the center section line of section 33; thence south to the south line of said section 33; thence east to the northwest corner of section 3, township 46 north, range 2 west; thence south to the southwest corner of section 3; thence east to the northwest corner of section 11; thence south to the southwest corner of section 14; thence east to the southeast corner of section 13, township 46 north, range 1½ west; thence north along the township line to the place of beginning.
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 lands which are now, or may hereafter be, classified as undisposed of ceded Ute Indian lands lying within the above described boundaries in Colorado which shall include mineral and other rights not acquired by entrymen within any entries perfected where the surface right only was acquired by such entrymen, will be in the public interest, and said lands are hereby restored to tribal ownership for the use and benefit of the Confederated Bands of the Ute Tribe of Indians, Colorado, subject to any valid existing rights.
HAROLD L. ICKES,
Secretary of the Interior.