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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I
([1905])

Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs,   pp. 1-155 PDF (58.6 MB)


Page 155

COMMISSION1ER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
W. B. Hill, superintendent of irrigation, has been instructed to 
make surveys of ditches in use and of those necessary to be con- 
structed on the Shoshone Reservation so as to give water to each 
allottee if possible and in order to apply for permit to appropriate 
waters under the laws of Wyoming. He was advised that in the 
beginning only such construction should be made as might be neces- 
sary to maintain priority of water rights and that any system of 
irrigation planned should be within the diminished reservation. In 
revising and completing allotments to the Indians on that reservation 
it is the policy of the Office to make new allotments within the 
diminished reservation, .and to encourage Indians who have received 
allotments north of Big Wind River to relinquish them and agree to 
take other lands in lieu thereof within their diminished reservation. 
Superintendent Hill was directed to make maps of the lands irrigated 
and of those susceptible of irrigation, showing the length of the 
ditches, the amount of irrigable land covered thereby, the allotments 
already made and the proposed allotments, and any other informa- 
tion required under the statutes of Wyoming, and, on making the 
necessary preliminary surveys and the preparation of the maps cov- 
ering the proposed system of irrigation, to apply to the State officials
for a permit to make appropriation of the waters necessary. 
On March 4, 1905, he telegraphed this Office as follows: 
Water filing mailed to-day for 80,000 acres under Big Wind and Little Wind
rivers. Probably 20,000 acres more can be secured upper Big Wind River. 
Two weeks required to complete further. 
April 26, 1905, he reported that it was his intention to complete 
filings or applications for the appropriation of water for the remain- 
der of the -lands in the diminished Shoshone or Wind River Reserva- 
tion, and that on so doing a report of the Shoshone survey, together 
with maps and estimates, would be forwarded to the Office for 
approval. They were forwarded on August 30. 
As application has been made to secure water rights for the Indian 
allottees of this reservation and the work of construction of the 
irrigation ditches is in progress, good results may soon be e=Npected. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
FiANcis E. LEUP?, Commissioner. 
The SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR. 
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