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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1873
([1873])

Legislation recommended,   pp. [23]-[26] PDF (1.0 MB)


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LEGISLATION RECOMMENDED. 
ISSUES OF PATENTS TO ROBERT BENT AND JACK S31ITH1. 
By a postscript to the treaty concluded with the Arapahoe and 
,Cheyenne Indians February 18, 1861, these Indians gave to Robert 
Bent and Jack Smith 640 acres of land each, and requested the Govern- 
ment to confirm said gifts to said parties. No provision, however, for 
the issue of patents to these persons is contained in the treaty; and 
even the postscript cannot be considered as a grant in the absence of 
legislation. It is therefore recommended that the gifts be confirmed 
and the issue of patents authorized by act of Congress, in order that 
the wishes of the Indians may be carried out. 
KANSAS OR KAW INDIAN LANDS IN KANSAS. 
These lands having been appraised under the act of May 8, 1872, and 
a sale of those embraced in the "1diminished reserve" having been
attempted, but not enough having been sold to defray the expenses of 
the offering, the Department decided to set aside the appraisement and 
have a new one made. A commission having been appointed for this 
purpose, after reaching the lands the chairman reported that he did not 
deem the first appraisement too high. It was restored, and legislation 
by Congress is recommended as follows: That bona-fide settlers be 
allowed to purchase the same at the Topeka land-office, making pay- 
ment of one-fourth of the appraised value at the date of settlement, 
and the remainder in three equal annual installments, giving security 
for the deferred payments. 
AGREEMENT WITH THE CROW TRIBE OF INDIANS. 
An act of Congress approved March 3, 1873, authorized negotiations 
with the Crow Indians for the cession of their reservation, or a portion
thereof, in Montana, and the establishment of a smaller reservation for 
them. The necessity for such negotiation was found in the fact that the 
recent discovery of gold on the reservation had drawn many white per- 
sons there, with whom there was likely to be trouble; also in the fact 
that the Northern Pacific Railroad would likely pass through a portion 
-of the reservation; whereas the policy is to have the reservations located
at a distance from the public lines of travel. An agreement was con'- 
eluded with said Indians by Special Commissioner Felix R. Brunot, 
chairman Board of Indian Commissioners, James Wright and E. Whit- 
tlesy, on the 16th of August last, by the terms of which the Crows cede 
their reservation and accept a reserve in Judith Basin. This agreement 
is made subject to the action of Congress. and its ratification is respect-
fully recommended. 
ALLOTMENT OiF CHOCTAW AND) CHICKASAW LANDS. 
The 11th article of the treaty concluded with the Choctaw and Chick- 
asaw Indians April 28, 1866, sets forth that it is believed the holding of


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