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praisement, etc., shall be made, I think this is reasonable, and it seems to me can be done under authority conferred by the act of February 16, 1889 (25 Stats, 673), which provides:
That the President of the United States may from year to year in his discretion under such regulations as he may prescribe, authorize the Indians residing on reservations or allotments, the fee to which remains in the United States, to fell, cut, remove, sell, or otherwise dispose of the dead timber, standing or fallen, on such reservation or allotment for the sole benefit of such Indian or Indians.
Under the authority thus conferred, the President, on October 16, 1889, authorized the Indians on the White Earth, Red Lake¸ and White Oak Point Reservations to cut and sell dead and down timber on their respective reservations and I see no reason why the cutting and sale of the dead and down timber under the authority so granted and the regulations then prescribed may not be continued until the lands are placed upon the market as provided in the Chippewa act of January 14, 1889.
I invite attention to the fact that the instruments presented by the Commission as the result of the negotiations, and as the evidence that the Chippewa Indians in Minnesota have given their consent in writing to the cession and relinquishment of their title and interest in and to the lands as therein set forth, comprise ten parts, marked separately as A, B., C, D, E, F, and H, G, I, K, and L; these, however, in fact constitute as a whole one instrument, and the part marked C, and entitled "Signatures Roll Mississippi Chippewa Indians, White Earth Reservation," should be placed and considered as the first part, for the reason that it is the only part that embraces the text of the act under and for the purposes of which the Commission was appointed.
I further recommend that a copy of the report of the Commission, and of all its accompanying papers (except the census rolls, which are bulky), with a copy of this letter of the Department reviewing the same, be submitted to Congress for its information, together with the accompanying draft of bill for making the appropriations herein suggested.
I have the honor to be, very
respectfully, your obedient servant,
A BILL to enable the Secretary of the Interior to carry out an act, entitled, "An Act for the relief and civilization of the Chippewa Indians in the State of Minnesota, approved January 14, 1889," and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums, or so much thereof as may be necessary be, and the same are hereby, appropriated out of any moneys in the Treasury, not otherwise appropriated, to be immediately available, to enable the Secretary of the Interior to carry out an act entitled "An act for the relief and civilization of the Chippewa Indians in the State of Minnesota, approved January fourteenth, eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, and for other purposes:"
For amount due the Chippewa Indians of Lake Superior and Mississippi, arising from balances of appropriations under treaties with said Indians, and covered into