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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1904, Part I
([1904])

Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs,   pp. 1-128 PDF (50.3 MB)


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COMMISSIONER O;F INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
remainder in annual installments of fifty cents per acre until paid for.
Complete returns for September had not been received at the time of 
preparing this statement. 
Crow, Mont.-An agreement was entered into by Benjamin F. Barge, 
James H. McNeely, and Charles G. Hoyt, on behalf of the United States, 
with the Indians of the Crow Reservation, Mont., concluded August 
14, 1899. The Indians ceded about 1,116,000 acres, comprising the 
northern portion of their reservation, except such tracts of land as had
been allotted in severalty to Indians of the Crow tribe prior to the date
of the agreement, and except selections of land occupied by the Indians 
which they may elect to keep as homes. The United States agreed to 
pay to and expend for the benefit of the Indians $1,150,000. The 
agreement was ratified by act of April 27, 1904 (33 Stats., 352). 
A considerable portion of the ceded tract still remains to be sur- 
veyed, and under the act of April 27, 1904, the Geological Survey 
must- make certain investigations, with a view to determining what 
feasible irrigation projects may be found-within the ceded tract, so that
the lands subject to irrigation may be withheld from the opening. in 
view of this preliminary work it is not thought probable that any por- 
tion of the land in question will be ready for opening and disposal 
during this calendar year. 
Turtle Mountain N. Dak.-The Indian appropriation act of April 12, 
1904, includes the agreement of October 2, 1892, entered into between 
the United States, by a commission duly appointed for the purpose, 
and the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa Indians. The agree- 
ment was amended materially by Congress, and its ratification was 
conditioned on acceptance of-the amendments by the Indians. The 
Indians accepted the amended agreement October 8. 
The settlement of this long-pending matter seems at hand. No land 
will be restored to the public domain; the ratification simply extin- 
guishes the Indian claim to an immense tract of land. The two town- 
ships of land constituting their recognized reservation are to be allotted
as soon as practicable. Those that will do so are to be allowed to take 
homesteads on the public domain. One million dollars is to be paid 
them, to be distributed per capita, at one payment or in annual install-
ments, or to be in part expended for their benefit, at the discretion of
the Secretary of the Interior. 
Unratified agreements.-Agreements pending during last session of 
Congress and still unratified are: 
With the Indians of the Lower Brule Reservation, S. Dak., con- 
cluded May 6; 1901, ceding the western portion of their reserve, 
embracing 56,000 acres. 
With the Yankton Indians in South Dakota, concluded October 2, 
1899, providing for the cession of the Red Pipestone Quarry Reserva- 
tion, in Minnesota, containing a little more than one section of land. 


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