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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1904, Part II
([1904])

Report of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes,   pp. 1-198 ff. PDF (110.1 MB)


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REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR. 
CHOCTAWS. 
The total number of applicants for enrollment in the Choctaw 
Nation, as stated in the Commission's last annual report, was 21,441. 
During the past year the Commission has received evidence of the 
death, prior to September 25, 1902, of 1,284 such applicants. There 
were also received, filed, and entered of record proofs of birth of 37 
children born to recognized and enrolled citizens of the Choctaw 
Nation prior'to September 25, 1902, application for the enrollment of 
such children having been made within the time prescribed by law, 
but sufficient evidence of their birth not having been previously 
presented. 
The Commission rendered decisions in 356 Choctaw enrollment 
cases during the year, thereby adjudicating the rights of 491 appli- 
cants for enrollment as citizens by blood. These decisions grant the 
applications of 74 persons and refuse the applications of .417 persons. 
The decisions of the Commission in 91 cases, refusing the applications 
for enrollment as citizens by blood of 291 applicants, were affirmed 
by the Secretary of the Interior during the year. 
Schedules, or partial rolls, containing the names of 637 persons 
entitled to enrollment as Choctaws, were prepared and approved by 
the Secretary of the Interior. 
In the matter of the enrollment of intermarried citizens of the 
Choctaw Nation, the Commission rendered 473 decisions during the 
year, enrolling an equal number of applicants. The names of the per- 
sons so enrolled have been scheduled and finally approved by the 
Secretary of the Interior. The following tables show the status 
of the Choctaw enrollment work at the close of the year: 
Choctaws by blood. 
Total number of applicants- -       --     -    -    -    -   20, 157 
Total number admitted by United States court and jurisdiction trans- 
ferred to citizenship court-----------------------------------2,395 
Total number persons enrolled by Commission and approved by Depart- 
ment     ---------------------------------------------------15,502 
Number of persons refused by Commission and Commission sustained 
by Department    ---------------------------------------------724 
Number of persons refused by Commission and pending before Depart- 
ment-----------     -------------------------------------------51 
Number of persons dismissed by Commission-----------------------263 
Number of persons unacted upon by Commission------------------- 1,222 
20, 157 
Choctaws by intermarriage. 
Total number of applicants----------------------------------------1,914 
Number of persons enrolled and approved---------------------------855 
Number of persons enrolled by Commission, but not acted on by Depart- 
ment-----------------------------------------------------113 
Number of persons refused by Commission and Commission sustained 
by Department----------------------------------------------50 
Number of persons refused by Commission and pending before Depart- 
ment-------------------------     -------------------------      3 
Number of persons unacted upon by Commission----------------------893 
1,914 
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