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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1903, Part II
([1903])

Report of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes,   pp. 1-190 ff. PDF (101.5 MB)


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COMMISSION TO THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES. 
mission for the enrollment of the greater number of these applicants 
prior to the beginning of the last fiscal year, but additional testimony
as been taken in a great many cases during the year. 
The Commission has received 17 original applications for enrollment 
as citizens by blood of this nation, including 96 persons, and 38 origi-
nal applications for enrollment as citizens by intermarriage during the 
past year. Applications for the enrollment of 208 children, born 
since the applications of their parents for enrollment as citizens by 
blood have also been received. In each case of the character last 
enumerated, the application was accompanied by affidavits sufficient to 
establish the birth of the child. 
Apart from the applications above mentioned, there have also been 
received 6 applications for enrollment as citizens by blood of the 
Chickasaw Nation, embracing 13 persons who were never recognized 
or enrolld6 by the Chickasaw tribal authorities as members of that 
tribe, nor duly and lawfully admitted to citizenship in said nation by 
the legally constituted authorities. These applications have all been 
disposed of under the provisions of the act of Congress approved 
May 31, 1900. (Appendix No. 1, p. 77.) 
There have been received, filed, and entered of record during the 
year proofs of death of 345 applicants for enrollment as citizens by 
blood who died prior to September 25,- 1902. 
With a view to carrying out the provisions of the act of Congress 
approved July 1, 190, above quoted, schedules have been prepared 
by the Commission containing the names of 4,659 citizens by blood of 
this nation whose final enrollment as such has been approved by the 
Secretary of the Interior. Under the same authority schedules have 
been prepared which contain the names of 198 citizens by intermarriage 
whose enrollment has likewise been approved. 
Decisions have been prepared during the year in 113 Chickasaw 
enrollment cases, embracing 210 applicants for enrollment as citizens 
by blood. Of these decisions 95 grant the rights of enrollment to 149 
persons, and 18 refuse the applications of 61 persons. In the majority 
of these cases, where the Commission's decision is favorable to the 
applicants, the names are inserted in regular schedules as directed by 
the Department; but in each case where the applications have been 
refused, the record, together with the decision of the Commission, has 
been forwarded to the Secretary of the Interior for review. Of the 
18 decisions so forwarded, 16 have been affirmed by the Department. 
The Commission has also prepared decisions which adjudicate the 
rights of 201 applicants for enrollment as citizens by intermarriage. 
These decisions grant the rights of enrollment as citizens by intermar- 
riage to 198 applicants and refuse the applications of 3 persons. 
At the close of the year the applications for enrollment of 1,637 
persons remain undisposed of. The majority of these, however, are 
dependent upon the action of the Choctaw and Chickasaw citizenship 
court, as indicated by the following table, designed to show the classi-
fication of applicants whose rights have not yet been determined: 
Applicants for enrollment as citizens by blood........................319
Applicants for enrollment as citizens by intermarriage...................416
Applicants for enrollment admitted to citizenship by judgments of the United
States court in Indian Territory, under the provisions of the act of Congress
approved June 10, 1896 (Appendix No. 1, p. 62), and whose rights are 
dependent upon the action of the Choctaw and Chickasaw citizenship court.
 902 
Total-------------------------1, 637 
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