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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the years 1921-1932
([1921-1932])

Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior for the fiscal year ended June 2, 1921,   pp. [1]-69 ff. PDF (26.8 MB)


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COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
36,000 acres were sold for lease at the sale in October for a bonus 
consideration aggregating $3,993,750. At the sale held June 14, 
1921, approximately 25,918 acres were sold for lease for. a bonus 
consideration aggregating $4,559,100. The tracts offered on the 
east side have always brought a much higher bonus than those 
offered on the west side until the June sale, when the average bonus 
for tracts on the west side was $504.67 per acre and for those on the 
east side $43.29 per acre. This difference in bonus offered for leases 
on the east and west sides of the-reservation is probably due to the 
discovery of the Burbank: pool mentioned above and the fact that all 
acreage limitations on the west side have been abolished. 
Prior to November 18, 1920, the',regulations governing the leasing 
of Osage land for oil and gas mining purposes provided that no 
person, firm, partnership, joint-stock association, or corporation 
would be permitted to -acquire any interest in Osage land for oil 
purposes by lease, assignment, drilling contract, or otherwise in 
excess of 4,800 acres. On November 18, 1920, this provision was 
modified and the acreage which any one person, firm, partnership, 
etc., could acquire fixed at 20,000 acres on the east side. On the 
west side all acreage limitations were removed. 
By the act of March 3, 1921 (Pub. No. 360, 66th Cong.), the act 
of June 28, 1906 (34 Stat. L., 539), which reserves to the Osage 
Indians in Oklahoma the oil, gas, coal, or other minerals in Osage 
County, Okla., until 1931, was amended to reserve to the Osage Tribe 
the minerals until 1946. This act authorizes and directs the Secre- 
tary of the Interior with the Osage council to offer for lease for oil 
and gas purposes all of the remaining portion of the unleased 
Osage land prior to April 8, 1931, of which there is approximately 
1,000,000 acres unleased for oil, offering the same annually at the 
rate of not less than one-tenth of the unleased area. This act also 
gives the State of Oklahoma authority to levy and collect a gross 
production tax on all oil produced in Osage County. It also au- 
thorizes and directs the Secretary of the Interior to pay an ad- 
ditional 1 per cent of the amount received by the Osage Tribe as 
royalties from production of oil and gas to Osage County, Okla., 
for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges therein. 
This extension of the mineral trust period has been urgently sought 
by the Osage Tribe for several years. 
There was an oil production. during the year of 20,625,127.40 
barrels and an income of $15,166,297.01 from royalties and bonuses 
on oil and gas. 
PROBATE WORK IN EASTERN OKLAHOMA. 
There is no more important functioning of the work of the Com- 
missioner of Indian Affairs than that involved in the protection of 
the estates of minor Indians and in seeing that the property of 
decedents is conserved and descends to those who are justly entitled 
thereto. 
A corps of legal representatives, known as probate attorneys, are 
maintained in that part of Oklahoma which was formerly the IndiaA 
Territory to look after the probate matters affecting restricted 
allottees or their heirs. The eastern part of Oklahoma, formerly the 
Indian Territory, consists of 40 counties, and in this area the work 
of the probate attorneys is performed, owing to the large Indian 
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