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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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COMMISSION TO THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES. 
The names of 433 identified Mississippi Choctaws were scheduled 
and approved by the Secretary of the Interior during the year. 
Twenty-eight Mississippi Choctaw cases submitted to the Depart-. 
ment for review have been remanded for readjudication or for the 
purpose of permitting the applicants to introduce further testimony. 
In such cases the additional evidence submitted has been very volumi- 
nous, but the cases have all been reviewed and again submitted to the 
Department for consideration. 
At the close of the year the work incident to the identification of 
Mississippi Choctaws, which has perhaps, been the greatest task 
imposed upon the Commission in the way of actual labor, is prac- 
tically completed. 
The following statement indicates the status of applications for 
identification as Mississippi Choctaws at the close of the year: 
Total number of applicants  -----------------------------------24, 634 
Total number of persons identified by Commission as Mississippi Choc- 
taws   2-------------------------- ------------------------- 335 
Total number of persons refused by Commission and Commission sus- 
tained by Department -----------------  ----------        15, 946 
Total number of persons refused by Commission and pending before De- 
partment           ----------------------------            4,571 
Total number of persons dismissed by Commission ---------------------49 
Total number of persons not finally acted upon by Commission ----------1,
733 
24,634 
The act of July 1, 1902, provides that identified Mississippi Choc- 
taws shall, within six months from the date of their identification, 
remove to and make settlement within the Choctaw-Chickasaw coun- 
try. Those identified as Mississippi Choctaws are chiefly indigent 
full-bloods who formerly resided in the State of Mississippi, and were 
without means of removing to Indian Territory. 
In order that they might receive the benefits of such identification, 
Congress, in the Indian appropriation act of March 3, 1903, provided 
a fund of $20,000 to be used in defraying the expenses incident to 
their removal. The expenditure of this appropriation was placed 
under the direction of the Commission, and on July 24, 1903, a special 
agent was designated to undertake the work. 
Circulars setting forth the purpose of the Government were dis- 
tributed throughout the full-blood settlements in the States of Mis- 
sissippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, and the special agent of the 
Government proceeded to Meridian, Mississippi, for the purpose of 
there mobilizing those Indians who desired to avail themselves of the 
aid offered by the Government. 
On August 13, 1903, a special train carrying 264 full-bloods arrived 
at Atoka, in the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. Arrangements 
had been made for their subsistence at a camp established 3 miles 
south of Atoka until such time as they could be placed upon their 
respective allotments. On October 9, 1903, 26 additional identified 
full-blood Mississippi Choctaws were removed to Fort Towson, In- 
dian Territory, making a total of 290 transported under the direction 
of the Commission. The entire appropriation was expended in the 
removal of these Indians and their subsistence until such time as they 
were able to care for themselves. They have now been given allot- 
ments of desirable farming land and are in a fair way to become self- 
supporting.......... 
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