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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I
([1905])

Report of the Indian inspector for Indian territory,   pp. 705-792 PDF (36.9 MB)


Page 709

REPORT OF INDIAN INSPECTOR FOR INDIAN TERRITORY. 709 
represent the tribe, by provision of the Indian appropriation act 
approved March 3, 1901, (31 Stat. L., 1058). 
Provision was made for the surveying and platting of small towns 
in the Indian Territory, having a population of less than 200, by the 
Indian appropriation act approved May 27, 1902 (32 Stat. L., 245). 
The removal of restrictions from the alienation of allotted lands at 
stations located along the lines of railroads was authorized, when 
recommended by the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes and 
approved by the Secretary of the Interior, by the Indian appropria- 
tion act for the fiscal year 1904, approved March 3, 1903 (32 Stat. L., 
982). This act also provided that the appropriation made for carry- 
ing on the expenses incident to the survey, platting, and appraise- 
ment of town sites shall apply only to such town sites as were there- 
tofore set aside and reserved frolh allotment. 
The Indian appropriation act approved April 21, 1904 (33 Stat. L., 
189), made an appropriation to complete the town-site surveys and 
appraisements and provided that the work shall be completed on or 
before July 1, 1905. 
The Indian appropriation act approved March 3, 1905, placed the 
matter of completing the unfinished work of the town-site commis- 
sions and Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes under the direction 
of the Secretary of the Interior, providing for investigations to be 
made where leases of Indian lands are alleged to have been obtained 
by fraud, and for other legislation applicable to the Territory. 
TIMBER AND STONE. 
On June 6, 1900, Congress passed an act (31 Stat. L., 660) govern- 
ing the cutting of timber and the procurement of stone in the Indian 
Territory. This act was amended on January 21, 1903 (32 Stat. L., 
774), so that the control of the Department only applies to unselected 
or unallotted lands, the Indian citizen being authorized, after allot- 
ment, to dispose of his timber without restriction. 
MUNICIPAL BONDS. 
The act of Congress approved May 19, 1902 (32 Stat. L., 200), 
authorizes incorporated towns in the Indian Territory having a popu- 
lation of 2,000 or more to issue bonds and borrow money thereon for 
public improvements, the matter of such issuance to be under the 
supervision of thd United States courts. This act does not apply to 
the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, the same having been in effect 
repealed by section 55 of the supplemental agreement with such 
nations, subsequently ratified by the act of July 1, 1902 (32 Stat. L., 
641), which provides for the issuance of bonds, with the approval 
of the Secretary of the Interior, placing in effect, as to the manner 
of procedure, the act of Congress governing such matters in the 
organized Territories of the United States, approved March 4, 1898 
(30 Stat. L., 252), which act applies to towns having a population of 
1,000 or more. This same act was placed in effect in the Creek Nation 
by section 25 of the original agreement ratified by the act of March 1, 
1901 (31 Stat. L., 841), and in that nation towns that can not issue 
bonds under the act of May 19, 1902, not having a population of 2,000, 


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