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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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12       REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR. 
the Commission where the residence was fully established and where 
no objection was entered by the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, the 
the names of the applicants merely being placed on the schedules as 
entitled to enrollment, a course by which the work has been greatly 
facilitated. 
In every case, however, where a degree of doubt existed as to the 
rights of the applicants, in the cases of all applicants for enrollment 
as citizens by intermarriage, and in those cases where objections were 
entered by the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, a formal decision has 
been rendered by the Commission. In the event such decision is 
averse to the applicants they have been so notified, being supplied 
with a copy of the decision, and a complete record in the case, together
with the original decision, has been-submitted to the Secretary of the 
Interior for review. In those cases where the decisions are favorable 
to the applicants, the attorneys for the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations 
have been advised thereof, furnished with a copy of the decision, and 
notified that they would be allowed fifteen days from the date of the 
decision within which to file protest with the Commission. If at the 
expiration of fifteen days no protest was filed, the applicants were con-
sidered enrolled,-and their names placed upon the schedules or partial 
rolls prepared for Departmental approval. 
Decisions of this character have been prepared in 179 Choctaw enroll- 
ment cases, embracing applications for the enrollment of 456 persons 
as citizens by blood of the ChoctawNation. Of these decisions, 47 
grant the rights of enrollment to 116 persons, while 132 refuse the 
applications of 340 persons. 
In most instances where the decision of the Commission is favor- 
able to the applicants the Department does not require a further report 
than insertion in a schedule. Of those so forwarded, 63 have- been 
affirmed by the Department, while 4 have been remanded for further 
investigation, report, and recommendation. 
Decisions have also been prepared in 227 applications for enrollment 
as citizens by intermarriage of the Choctaw Nation. These decisions- 
grant the rights of enrollment to 222 persons, and refuse the applica- 
tions of 5 persons for enrollment as citizens by intermarriage of the 
Choctaw Nation. 
The number of applicants for enrollment as citizens by blood and 
intermarriage of the Choctaw Nation whose rights are undetermined 
has been reduced to 5,327 at the close of the fiscal year, and the 
majority of these are, in fact, dependent upon the action of the Choctaw
and Chickasaw citizenship court. The following table indicates the 
classification of all applicants for Choctaw citizenship whose rights 
have not been determined by the Commission: 
Applicants for enrollment as citizens by blood---------------------------1,408
Applicants for enrollment as citizens by intermarriage1--------------------1,154
Applicants for enrollment admitted to citizenship by judgments of the United
States courts in Indian Territory, under the provisions of the act of Congress
approved June 10, 1896 (Appendix No. 1, p. 62), and whose rights are de-
pendent upon the action of the Choctaw and Chickasaw citizenship court.-
2, 765 
Total.   .   .    .     .    .    .    ..-------------------------------------------------------5,327
CHICKASAWS. 
The applicants to this Commission for enrollment as citizens of the 
Chickasaw Nation number 7,128, and under existing law this number 
may not be increased. Original applications were made to the Corn- 


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