Washington : Government Printing Office
Whereas, under authority contained in the acts of Congress approved April 23, 1904 (33 Stat. 254), March 2, 1907 (34 Stat. 1230), and May 30, 1910 (36 Stat. 448), providing for the disposal by the United States of large areas of land within the boundaries of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, State of South Dakota, said areas were opened to settlement and entry under the general provisions of the homestead and townsite laws of the United States and of the said acts of Congress by Presidential proclamations of May 13, 1904
(33 Stat. 2354), August 24, 1908 (35 Stat. 2203), and June 29, 1911 (37 Stat. 1691), respectively, and
Whereas, pursuant to authority contained in the act of March 2, 1907, supra, certain tracts of land within the opened portion of the reservation were set aside and reserved for the townsites of Wamblee, Witten, and Wewela, and
Whereas, there are now remaining undisposed of on the said opened portion of the Rosebud Reservation a number of tracts of surplus land, together with a large number of vacant lots within the above mentioned townsites which, while of little value for the original purpose of settlement and entry, upon thorough investigation have been found to be valuable to the Indians of the said reservation, and
Whereas, by relinquishment and cancellation of homestead entries a small additional area of land may be included within the class of undisposed-of surplus land, and
Whereas, the Tribal Council, the Superintendent of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs have recommended restoration to tribal ownership of all such undisposed-of lands in the said reservation.
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. 984), 1 hereby find that restoration to tribal ownership of all lands which are now or may hereafter be, classified as undisposed-of, surplus, opened lands of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, together with all unsold lots in the townsites of Wamblee, Witten, and Wewela, will be in the public interest, and the said lands are hereby restored to tribal ownership for the use and benefit of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of Indians of the Rosebud Indian Reservation in the State of South Dakota, and are added to and made a part of the existing reservation, subject to any valid existing rights.
HAROLD L. ICKES,
Secretary of the Interior.