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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])

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


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REPORTS CONCERNING INDIANS IN IND. TER.                211 
warrants in the agent's office preparatory to payment it was discovered that
some had been presented which the records of the tribal treasurer of the
Chickasaw Nation showed had also been previously presented to said treasurer
and paid by him. The matter being called to the attention of the Department,
instructions were given that the payment be suspended until the alleged 
irregularity could be investigated, and in view of such investigation the
payment 
was not resumed nor commenced prior to the close of the fiscal year. 
All warrants issued by the tribal authorities for the expenses incurred after
July 1, 1905, in connection with the operation of their schools will be paid
by the superintendent of schools in the Indian Territory instead of the Indian
agent, and accordingly warrants drawn on the school funds of these nations
will be submitted to said superintendent instead of this office. 
COAL AND ASPHALT ROYALTIES, CHOCTAW AND CHICKASAW NATIONS. 
Royalties due under existing coal and asphalt leases, covering segregated
lands in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, which leases were originally
made with the mining trustees of these nations with the approval of the 
Department, are collected by the Indian agent. 
During the year 113 coal leases and 10 asphalt leases were in effect. In
accordance with the agreements with these nations, these royalties are deposited
to the credit of the two tribes, the funds so derived to be used for the
education 
of their children of Indian blood, and to be disbursed under the direction
of the 
Secretary of the Interior. 
No new leases were made during the year or are being made. The lands 
covered by existing leases are subject to the further disposition of Congress
and the unleased segregated lands are subject to sale. Other lands not 
segregated, although they may be underlaid with coal or asphalt, are allotted,
and citizens of the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, after receiving their
certificates of allotment, are authorized to lease such allotments, for mineral
or any other purpose, for a term not longer than five years. 
The royalties collected by the Indian agent and placed to the credit of the
Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes during the fiscal year ended June 30, 1905,
aggre- 
gated $248,428.36, of which amount $245,858.56 was for coal and $2,569.80
was 
for asphalt, the same being paid at the rate of 8 cents per ton for coal,
mine 
run, and 60 cents per ton on refined or 10 cents per ton on crude asphalt.
In- 
cluded within these figures are payments made as annual advance royalty on
the different leases. Therefore the amounts collected do not actually represent
the tonnage mined. 
The following shows the aggregate amounts collected for the Choctaw and 
Chickasaw tribes on this account by fiscal years: 
July 1, 1898, to June 30, 1899    -     -  --   $110, 145.25 
July 1, 1899, to June 30, 1900  ---------          138,486.40 
July 1, 1900, to June 30, 1901                     199, 663. 55 
July 1, 1901, to June 30, 1902 - -247, 361.36 
July 1, 1902, to June 30, 1903-   -                261, 929. 84 
July 1, 1903, to June 30, 1904 --- -------        277, 811.60 
July 1, 1904, to June 30, 1905-----------------------248,428. 36 
OIL, GAS, AND OTHER MINERAL LEASES, CREEK AND CHEROKEE NATIONS. 
The agreements with the Creek and Cherokee nations require that long-term
agricultural and grazing leases and all mineral leases made by allottees
be 
approved by the Secretary of the Interior, and the regulations under which
these leases are submitted have been promulgated from time to time and provide
for the filing of such leases with the United States Indian agent at Union
Agency, to be forwarded through the United States Indian inspector for Indian
Territory, or the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for approval. 
The larger per cent of leases submitted are for oil and gas mining purposes.
The principal oil development being in the Cherokee Nation, most of the leases
are by Cherokee aLlottees. The total number of all classes of leases filed
during 
the year was 4,165, of which number 3,830 in the Cherokee Nation and 269
in 
the Creek Nation were for oil and gas. 
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