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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1905
Part I ([1905])

Report of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes,   pp. 579-640 PDF (26.6 MB)


Page 640

640     REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. 
and ratified the work of the Commission was done. But these agree- 
ments simply authorized the work. Its execution was then wholly in 
the future. 
This work was delegated to the Commission. It has been attempted 
in the foregoing pages to show what has been done and why that 
which is left over could not be accomplished before the date fixed by 
Congress for the dissolution of the Commission. It is sufficient to 
add that the work has been brought to a point where the supervision 
of the Commission as a body is no longer essential. Such enrollment 
cases as are still undisposed of depend mainly upon the final decisions 
of the Department on important legal questions or upon the outcome 
of pending litigation, and the allotment work yet to be done can as 
well be finished under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior. 
The estates of these tribes have been administered, and the many thou- 
sands of conflicting claims adjudicated at a cost to the Government, 
which alone had to bear the expense, of less than 10 cents per acre. 
Respectfully submitted. 
TA IS BIXBY. 
T. B. NEEDLES. 
C. R. BRECKINRIDGE. 
The SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR. 


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