Washington : Government Printing Office
Whereas, under authority contained in the Act of January 14, 1889 (25 Stat. 642), agreements were made between the United States and the Chippewa Indians of the Red Lake Reservation in the State of Minnesota providing for cession to the United States of a large area of said reservation and for the opening, sale and entry of such ceded lands under the homestead laws, the proceeds to be used for the common benefit of all the Chippewa Indians of Minnesota, and
Whereas, the Chippewa Indians of Minnesota other than the Red Lake Band have organized as the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and have relinquished to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians all their right, title, and interest in the abovementioned ceded lands, and
Whereas, the act of February 20, 1904 (33 Stat. 46), modified, amended, and ratified an agreement made and concluded with the Chippewa Indians of the Red Lake Reservation on March 10, 1902, which amended agreement provided for the surrender and cession to the United States by said Indians of all that part of the Red Lake Indian Reservation lying west of the range line between Ranges 38 and 39, west of the 5th Principal Meridian, the proceeds derived from the disposition of said lands to be placed to the credit of the Chippewa Indians of the Red Lake Reservation alone, and
Whereas, according to the records of the Commissioner of the General Land Office there remain of such ceded lands 157,000 acres, more or less, which have been opened to settlement and sale and which now are or hereafter may be classified as undisposed of, for which the Indians have not been paid, and which are of little or no value for the original purpose of settlement but which will prove of value to said Indians of the Red Lake Reservation if restored to tribal ownership, said acreage including lands which have been assessed for drainage works by the State of Minnesota under authority of the Volstead Act of May 20, 1908 (35 Stat. 169, 43 U.S.C. secs. 1021-1028), and
Whereas, through their tribal organizations, the Indians of the Red Lake Reservation have recommended restoration to tribal ownership of all such lands included within the cessions made under said Acts of January 14, 1889, and February 20, 1904, and the Superintendent of the Red Lake Agency and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs have concurred in this recommendation,
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), I hereby find that it will be in the public interest to restore to tribal ownership all those lands of the Red Lake Indian Reservation which were ceded by the Indians under the acts of January 14, 1889 (25 Stat. 642), and February 20, 1904 (33 Stat. 46), and which were opened for sale or entry but for which the Indians have not been paid and which now are or hereafter may be classified as undisposed of; and I hereby restore said lands to tribal ownership for the use and benefit of the Red Lake and Pembina Bands of Chippewa Indians belonging on the Red Lake Reservation in the State of Minnesota, adding them to and making them part of the existing reservation, subject to any existing valid rights.
OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,
Assistant Secretary of the Interior.