Washington : Government Printing Office
Whereas, Pursuant to the Act of March 3, 1885 (23 Stat. 340-342), the Indians of the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon, ceded to the United States certain lands of their Reservation, which were subsequently classified, appraised, and opened to public settlement, and
Whereas, There are now remaining undisposed of lands in Township 1 North, Ranges 34 and 35 East; Township 2 North, Range 32 East; Township 1 South, Ranges 34 and 35 East; and Township 2 South, Range 33 East, W. M., Oregon, within the ceded portion of their Reservation, embracing approximately 3,700 acres which, if restored to tribal ownership, would be utilized for grazing purposes, and for exchange with individual land owners so as to consolidate the Indian holdings on the Reservation, and
Whereas, by relinquishment and cancellation of homestead entries within this area a limited additional acreage of land of similar character may later be included within this class of undisposed of ceded land, and
Whereas, The Indians of the Umatilla Reservation and the Superintendent of that jurisdiction, and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs have recommended the restoration to tribal ownership of all the undisposed of surplus lands of the said Reservation,
Now, Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by the Act of August 10, 1939 (Public No. 375-76th Congress), all lands which are now, or may hereafter be classified as undisposed of surplus opened or ceded lands of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon, are hereby restored to tribal ownership for the use and benefit of the Indians of the Umatilla Reservation, and are added to and made a part of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, subject to any existing valid rights.
E. K. BURLEW,
Acting Secretary of the Interior.