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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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14        REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR. 
scribed by law, has been filed with the Commission during the year. 
The names of 1,738 Choctaw freedmen have been scheduled and their 
enrollment finally approved by the Secretary of the Interior. 
The following statement indicates the status of the enrollment 
work with respect to Choctaw freedmen: 
Total number of applicants-----------------------------------------5,970
Total number enrolled and approved--------------- ---4, 722 
Number canceled by reason of duplications, and having died prior to 
September 25, 1902                 ---------------            274 
Total number unacted upon4------------------------------------------97 
5,970 
CHICKASAW FREEDMEN. 
The transfer of the names of 1,305 applicants for enrollment as 
Chickasaw freedmen to Choctaw cards reduced the number of Chicka- 
saw applicants from 6,048, as given in the Commission's tenth annual 
report, to 4,743. The Commission has received evidence that 32 
applicants died prior to September 25, 1902, leaving a total of 4,711. 
Evidence has been'filed with the Commission as to the birth of 12 
children for whose enrollment as Chickasaw freedmen application 
was made prior to September 25, 1902, but as to whose birth suffi- 
cient evidence had not been submitted. 
The names of 259 Chickasaw freedmen have been scheduled by 
the Commission and their enrollment finally approved by the Secre- 
tary of the Interior during the year. The condition of enrollment 
work with respect to Chickasaw freedmen at the close of the year is 
shown by the following table: 
Total number of applicants----------------------------------------4, 711
Total number enrolled and approved---------------------------------4,471
Total number unacted upon------------------------------------------240 
4, 711 
MISSISSIPPI CHOCTAWS. 
No original applications for identification as Mississippi Choctaws 
have been received by the Commission since March 25, 1903. The 
total number of such applications made prior to that time was 7,426, 
embracing 24,634 applicants. This branch of the work has therefore 
been confined to the disposition of pending applications. The Com- 
mission rendered 393 decisions during the year, whereby the rights 
of 3,783 applicants were adjudicated. Of this number 508 were 
identified as full-blood Mississippi Choctaws, under section 41 of the 
act of July 1, 1902, or as the descendants of Mississippi Choctaws 
who complied with the fourteenth article of the Choctaw treaty of 
1830. The remaining 3,275 applicants whose cases were passed upon 
were refused the rights of identification. The records in these cases 
have been transmitted to the Secretary of the Interior for review. 
The decisions of the Commission in 339 consolidated Mississippi 
Choctaw cases, denying the applications of 3,956 persons, were affirmed 
by the Secretary of the Interior during the year. The Department 
also affirmed the decision of the Commission in one case identifying 
60 applicants as descendants of a beneficiary of the fourteenth article 
of the treaty of 1830. 


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