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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1903, Part II
([1903])

Report of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes,   pp. 1-190 ff. PDF (101.5 MB)


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8        REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR. 
ment with the Cherokees (Appendix No. 1, p. 115), were all duly rati- 
fied by the respective tribes, and by their terms many embarrassing 
obstacles have been removed. 
While classed apart from those laws designed with respect to the 
work of this body and intended to define and promote its functions, the 
act of Congress approved February 28, 1902 (Appendix No. 1, p. 91), 
known as the "Enid and Anadarko Railroad act," has been far-reach-
ing in its effect upon the allotment work of the Commission. The 
unparalleled activity in railroad construction which now exists in 
Ind ian Territory has resulted in numerous proceedings looking to the 
acquirement of lands for railroad purposes under the provisions of 
this act, and as lands thus taken may not be allotted by the Commis- 
sion, a complication is added which materially increases the detail of 
the land-office work. 
The Indian appropriation act approved March 3, 1903 (Appendix 
-No. 1, p. 123), contains provisions bearing directly upon the work of 
the Commission. It provides for the final dissolution of the Seminole 
tribal government on March 4, 1906, the corresponding date upon 
which, by agreement, the remaining four tribal governments will 
become extinct. -The appropriation to be utilized in the survey, 
platting, and sale of town sites in Indian Territory is limited to such 
towns as were set aside and reserved from allotment prior to the date 
of the passage of the act. The requirements are met in a measure, 
however, by the removal of restrictions governing the sale of lands 
where stations are located along the lines of railroads when recom- 
mended by this Commission and approved by the Secretary of the 
Interior. 
There still remain a few matters of minor importance which the 
Commission believes may best be disposed of by the enactment of 
additional legislation, but it is thought that this can be accomplish'ed
without the necessity of further agreements. 
ENROLLMENT OF CITIZENS. 
Ample and definite legislation has opened the way for rapid progress 
toward the completion of the final rolls of the citizens of the several 
tribes, and only causes beyond the control of the Commission, prevented 
ultimate completion of this branch of the work before the close of the 
year. 
By the agreements consummatedduring the fiscal year ended June 
30, 1903, the time within which the Commission might rqceive applica- 
tions for enrollment as citizens of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Chero- 
kee nations is defined, and only in ,the Creek Nation are applications 
for enrollment still being received. 
Since the work of enrollment was commenced (excluding applica- 
tions for citizenship adjudicated under the act of Congress approved 
June 10, 1896) applications for the enrollment of 128,406 persons have 
been made to the Commission.   The general classification of these 
applicants is as follows: 
Seminoles ...............................................................3,079
Choctaws (Mississippi Choctaws included)-----------------------------50,
740 
Creeks.     .     .     .    .     .       ..----------------------------------------------------------15,257
Chickasaws---------------------------------------------------.-13,176 
Cherokees-------------------------------------------------------....46,154
Total............................................. '........... 128, 406


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