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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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14      REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF TPHE INTERIOR. 
CHOCTAW FREEDMEN. 
As in the case of citizens by blood and intermarriage of the Choc- 
taw Nation, the reception of applications for enrollment of Choctaw 
freedmen was terminated by the-provisions of the Choctaw-Chickasaw 
supplemental agreement on December 24, 1902. The total number of 
applicants of this class is 4,665. Applicationg for the enrollment of 
the greater number of these were made prior to July 1, 1902. The 
Commission received, however, within the past year 47 original appli- 
cations for enrollment as freedmen of the Choctaw Nation, including 
102 persons. In addition to these original applications there were 
received and entered of record applications for the enrollment of 255 
children born prior to September 25, 1902, and since the original 
applications of their parents for enrollment as Choctaw freedmen. 
ch application of this character was supported by proper evidence 
of birth. 
Evidence of the death of 235 applicants for enrollment as Choctaw 
freedmen who died prior to September 25, 1902, has been received, 
filed, and entered bf record. 
Schedules have been prepared during the year which contain the 
names of 2,983 Choctaw freedmen whose enrollment has been approved 
by the Secretary of the Interior. 
The close of the fiscal year leaves the applications of 1,682 persons 
for enrollment as Choctaw freedmen undetermined. 
CHICKASAW FREEDMEN. 
Prior to the date upon which the reception of applications for enroll- 
ment as Chickasaw freedmen was discontinued by the terms of the 
Choctaw-Chickasaw supplemental agreement (December 25, 1902) the 
applications of 6,048 persons for such enrollment were made to the Com- 
mission. Of these applications 24 were made during the past year, 
which-embrace 64 applicants. Applications were also made for the 
enrollment of 318 children born prior to September 25, 1902, and sub- 
sequent to the applications of their parents for enrollment as Chickasaw
freedmen, proper evidence of birth being submitted in each case of this 
character. 
Proofs of death of 358 applicants for enrollment as Chickasaw f reed- 
men, who died prior to September 25, 1902, have also been received, 
filed, and entered of record. 
Under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 1, 1902, 
the Commission has prepared schedules containing the names of 4,211 
Chickasaw freedmen whose enrollment has been-duly approved by the 
Secretary of the Interior. 
There are still pending before the Commission applications for the 
enrollment of 1,837 persons as freedmen of the Chickasaw Nation. 
MISSISSIPPI CHOCTAWS. 
Under the provisions of the Choctaw-Chickasaw supplemental agree- 
mentaproved by Congress July 1, 1902, those persons claiming rights 
in the Choctaw Nation by virtue of thefourteenth article of the Choc- 
taw treaty of 1830 were permitted to make application for identifica- 
tion by this Commission up to and inclusive of March 25, 1903. Within 


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