United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1879
Report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, pp. [unnumbered]-XLIX PDF (19.0 MB)
XIV REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 675), certain cessions and exchanges were made by which the area of the Ponca reservation was reduced to 96,000 acres, to which diminished reservation the pledge of protection in the former treaty remained fully applicable, and was never forfeited on the part of said Indians. The following bill was presented by the department to Congress on the 3d of February 1879: A BILL For the relief of the Ponca tribe of Indians in the Indian Territory. Whereas, by the treaty of March 12, 1858, the Ponca Indians ceded to the United States all the land then owned or claimed by them, except a tract in the Territory of Dakota, bounded as follows, viz: "Beginning at a point on the Niobrara River and running due north so as to intersect the Ponca River 25 miles from its mouth; thence, from said point of intersection up and along the Ponca River twenty- miles; thence due south to the Niobrara River, and thence down and along said river to the place of beginning": and in possession of which the United States agreed to protect said tribe; and, Whereas, by the treaty of March 10, 1865, certain changes were made in the bound- aries of the Ponca Reservation, as defined in the treaty of March 12, 1858, whereby their reservation was reduced to 96,000 acres of land; and, Whereas, by the second article of the treaty of April 29, 1868, with the Sioux nation of Indians, the lands owned and jhen occupied by the said Poncas, under the provisions hereinbefore set forth, and on which they had valuable improvements in houses and cultivated lands, were without their consent ceded and conveyed by the United States to said nation of Indians; and, Whereas provision was made in the act making appropriations for the current and contingent expenses of the Indian Department for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1877, for the removal of the Ponca Indians to the Indian Territory, which said removal has since been effected; and Whereas said Ponca Indians at the time of their removal were obliged to leave all of their improvements and other valuable property, consisting of agricultural imple- ments, etc., on their said reservation in Dakota, and for which they have received no compensation; and, Whereas said Ponca Indians are now located temporarily on certain lands, which they desire to retain, within the territory west of the 960 ceded by the Cherokee Na- tion to the United States by the treaty of July 19, 1866, for the purpose of settling other Indians thereon, but which lands they have no money to purchase as provided in said treaty: Therefore, Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Bepresentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, author- ized and directed to permanently locate the said Ponca Indians on the tract of land now occupied by them, embracing in the aggregate 101,894 acres, and to purchase the same for their use from the Cherokee Nation; said purchase to be made in accordance with the provisions of the Cherokee treaty of July 19, 1876. SEC. 2. That the sum of $140,000 be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, out of any moneys now in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, to be disposed of for the benefit of said Ponca Indians as follows, viz, $82,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be expended -by the Secretary of the Interior in payment for the lands authorized herein to be purchased for the use of the Ponca tribe of Indians, and the balance of said $140,000 remaining after the purchase of said lands shall be invested in the four per cent. bonds of the United States and held as a permanent investment for said tribe, the interest thereon to be expended annually for their benefit in such manner as the Secretary of the Interior may direct. SEC. 3. That the amount appropriated herein shall be in full of all claims by said Pouca tribe of Indians against the United States for the lands and property heretofore owned by them in Dakota Territory.
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