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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1874

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beyond directing the agent to place them upon separate tracts, and to 
secure them possession. 
Cattaraugus and Allegany Indian reserves in New Yorc.-The right 
of pre-emption, commonly known as the right of the Ogden Land Com- 
pany, has been a continual source of agitation in connection with these 
reserves, and I deem it important that some steps should be taken 
whereby the same can be extinguished and the Indians placed in the 
same relations to the United States, as regards their title, as other 
Indians. This could probably be done by an appropriation of, say, 
$100,000, and a tender of the same to the representative of the Ogden 
Land Company, for a total relinquishment of their pre-emption right. I 
think this amount would be accepted, and by this means, in future, agi- 
tation of questions with a view to the removal of the Indians from these
reserves would be avoided. It should be provided that the extinguish- 
ment of this claim of the Ogden Land Company should be in full satis- 
faction of all claims of these Indians to the lands west of the State of
Missouri, and all right and claim to be removed thither, and for sup- 
port and subsistence after such removal, and all other claims against 
the United States under treaty with New York Indians of January 15, 
1838, and the treaty with the Senecas of May 20, 1842. 

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