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

Reports concerning Indians in Indian territory,   pp. 202-221 PDF (9.1 MB)

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Individual town-lot receipts, issued year ended June 30, 1905, wore: 
Creek Nation__                                         3, 481 
Cherokee Nation -. ---                -  --       -6 114 
Choctaw and Chickasaw nations-     -                  24, 089 
Total      --    -----33, 684 
The larger per cent of remittances are received by mail, and the money is
tendered in every conceivable form. In many instances errors are made by
town-lot owner in calculating the percentage due, incorrect lot numbers are
given, and it is necessary to return the remittance. All this, together with
the careful checking, computing of interest, and record work incident to
receipt of these payments, issuance of patents, etc., requires a large amount
detail and involves considerable expense for clerical force. 
The agreements of the Creek and Cherokee nations require town-lot patents,
after execution by the tribal executives, to be approved by the Secretary
of the 
Interior. Such approval is not required in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations.
When final payment is made for any lot in the Creek and Cherokee nations
certificate to that effect, signed by the Indian agent, is issued in duplicate,
copy being forwarded to the principal chief of the nation aid the other to
Indian inspector. Upon receipt of this certificate of final payment the princi-
pal chief prepares and executes a proper deed or patent, of which execution
advises this office and transmits the deeds to the Indian inspector, to be
warded for departmental approval. Upon such approval this office is advised
the date by the inspector, and the record is accordingly- completed. The
proved deeds are transmitted to the Commission (now Commissioner) to the
Five Civilized Tribes, for record, which Commissioner, in turn, forwards
to the principal chiefs for delivery. In the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations
deeds are prepared in this office, and when executed under the joint hands
the principal chief of the Choctaw Nation and the governor, of the Chickasaw
Nation, are registered as to dates of execution in the town-site record books
the hands of this office and are forwarded by mail by the agent to the proper
The following statement shows the number of town-lot patents issued during
the fiscal year ended June 30, 1905:                        1 
Choctaw and Chickasaw nations-__                       5,247 
Creek Nation ---                                      1,890 
Cherokee Nation                                          636 
Total       ,---- 7,773 
Choctaw and Chickasaw town-lot fund.-The act of Congress approved April 
28, 1904 (33 Stat. L., 571), provided for the payment of moneys, accumulated
the United States Treasury to the credit of the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations,
derived from the sale of town lots in said nations, to the members of the
tribes (freedmen excepted), each member to receive an equal portion thereof,
amount per capita to be ascertained by dividing the entire sum available
by the 
whole number of persons claiming to be members, including those whose applica-
tions for enrollment were pending, only 'those whose enrollment had been
approved to be paid, shares of others to be set aside and paid to them upon
enrollment and approval thereof by the Department. 
The funds so accumulated, belonging to these two nations and authorized to
be disbursed per capita, were sufficient to pay enrolled members of said
not including freedmen, $40 each. During the year the sum of $800,000 was
disbursed, 5,072 Chickasaws and 14,928 Choctaws sharing in the payment, which
was made at various towns in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations where it was
most convenient for the Indians to appear. The amounts disbursed at each
paying place are shown by the following statement: 
Chickasaw Nation: 
Stonewall---------------------------------------$29. 760 
Tishomingo                  -80,120 
Ardmore                                           64,280 
Pauls Valley                      -   ---33, 080 
Purcell _                                       -  8, 840 

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