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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 725

REPORT OF INDIAN INSPECTOR FOR INDIAN TERRITORY. 725 
The law also provides in each nation that any person, if he so 
desires, can pay the full amount of the purchase price for any lot 
at one time instead of making payments by installments. 
TOWN-LOT DEEDS. 
When full payment has been made on any town lot in the Creek 
or Cherokee Nation, the United States Indian agent issues, a certifi- 
cate to that effect and the principal chief of the nation in which 
the town is located thereupon executes a deed conveying such lot 
to the person to whom the lot was scheduled by the town-site com- 
mission or, if scheduled vacant, to the person purchasing the same 
at public auction. In each of these nations the principal chief 
transmits the deeds when executed to this office, where the same 
are carefully examined, checked, and forwarded for the approval 
of the Secretary of the Interior. After they have been approved 
they are returned to the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes 
(now Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes) to be recorded, 
after which they are returned to the principal chief for delivery, 
In the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, when full payment is 
made for any lot, deed is drawn by the United States Indian agent, 
and after being checked by this office is sent to the executives of the 
Choctaw and Chickasaw nations for signature, after which they are 
mailed or delivered to the grantees by the Indian agent. It is not 
required that town-lot deeds in these nations be approved by the 
Secretary of the Interior. The report of the United States Indian 
agent shows that during the fiscal year 1905 the following town-lot 
patents were issued, payments for which having been made in full: 
Choctaw and Chickasaw nations---                           5,247 
Creek Nation ...--                                        19890 
Cherokee Nation            -      --636 
Total -------                                        7,773 
As many lots as practicable are included in one deed, some deeds 
covering as many as 20 lots. 
SCHOOLS. 
All matters pertaining to schools are under the supervision of 
Mr. John D. Benedict, superintendent of schools in Indian Territory, 
who acts under the direction of the Department, forwarding all 
communications through the United States Indian inspector for 
Indian Territory. In each of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and 
Cherokee nations there is located a United States school supervisor 
who, in conjunction with the tribal school officials, attends to the 
details of the work with' reference to the management of schools, 
appointment of teachers, etc., in his respective nation, acting under 
the general supervision of the superintendent. 
The annual reports of said superintendent and supervisors are re- 
spectfully submitted herewith, to which attention is invited. 
The Indian. appropriation act of April 21, 1904 (33 Stat. L., 189), 
contains the following clause: 
For the maintenance, strengthening, and enlarging of the tribal schools of
the 
Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole nations, and making pro-
vision for the attendance of children of noncitizens therein, and the estab-


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