Washington : Government Printing Office
Whereas under authority contained in the Act of Congress approved January 14, 1889 (25 Stat. L., 642), agreements were entered into with the Chippewa Indians of Minnesota, providing for the cession to the United States of all lands within the Bois Fort (Nett Lake), Fond du Lac, White Oak Point, Leech Lake, Cass Lake, Chippewa of the Mississippi, Winnibigoshish, and the White Earth Indian Reservations, all in the State of Minnesota, and such ceded lands of these reservations were opened to sale and entry under the homestead laws, the proceeds of such sale and entry to be placed to the credit of the Chippewa Indians of Minnesota, and Whereas there is now remaining undisposed of within the said ceded areas, approximately 29,000 acres of land, which is of little or no value for its original purpose of entry and settlement, but which will be of value to the Indians if restored to tribal ownership, and where practicable, consolidated by exchanges with other land owners, and
Whereas the Tribal Executive Committee of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, the General Council of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, the Superintendents in charge of the Consolidated Chippewa and Red Lake Agencies and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs have recommended the restoration to tribal ownership of all undisposed-of lands included within the reservation cessions made under the said Act of January 14, 1889, supra, of lands within the reservations named above;
Now, therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by section 3 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 opened lands of the reservations named herein, ceded by the Indians under the Act of January 14, 1889, supra, will be in the public interest, and the said lands are hereby restored to tribal ownership for the use and benefit of the Chippewa Indians of Minnesota, subject to any valid existing rights.
HAROLD L. ICKES,
Secretary of the Interior.