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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.
Office of Indian Affairs.
(Continued from* last issue.)
be urged upon the present Congress. It is
believed that the property of the Indians
and the funds received from the sale of
their lands should be released from the
lien now imposed upon same for the total
expense of constructing these projects and
that the cost of'construction shall be impos
ed upon water users, Indian and white man,
alike, without discrimination according to
the benefits received by each.
12. For the first time an appropriation
out of the Ute Judgment Fund was made for
the benefit of the several tribes of Ute In
dians to which same belonged, a consider
able part of which is being utilized to pro
tect the water rights of the Indians on the
Uintah ^Reservation. Since March 14, 1915,
more than 20,000 acres has been placed un
der cultivation and the water rights there
by protected. Continuation of this work
approaching the progress now being made
will insure full protection to these Indians.
13. During the year the first real step
toward a syftemetic and comprehensive in
ventory of the timber resources of the In
dians has been taken. On the Quinaielt,
Klamath, and Menominee reservations par
ties have been engaged in examinations
which contemplate not only detailed esti
mates of the stands of timber but also the
preparation of reliable contour maps as a
basis for the administration of the timber
lands. The timber resources on these three
reservations are very extensive. The In
dian Service plans to extend the work to
other reservations during 1916.
14. The rules of probate procedure adopt
ed by the county judges at the suggestion of
the Commissioner, afterwards promulgated
by the Supreme Court, have in their enforce
ment resulted in the saving and safe invest
ment of more than $1,000,000 during the
last fiscal year.
15. New regulations have been adopted
to govern the leasing of the Osage lands for
oil and gas purposes which become effective
in March, 1916. Under these regulations
the Osage Indians will receive 1-6 and in
some cases 1-5 royalty instead of 1-8 on oil
and 1-6 royalty on gas instead of a nominal
payment on each producing well. They will
also receive $1.00 per acre per annum on all
undeveloped leased territory until the same
is developed. Large tracts of producing
territory under leases expiring March 16,
1916, will be sold on competitive bidding
from which it is expected a great sum of
money will be realized. Improved drilling
conditions have been adopted which will
greatly diminish the waste in oil and gas*
throughout all Oklahoma to the Indians of
16. During the past year the offices of
the Commissioner to the Five Civilized
tribes and the Superintendent of the Union
Agency were consolidated and a Superin
tendent for the Five Civilized Tribes ap
pointed, thereby effecting a considerable
economy and better administration of In
dian Affairs in Eastern Oklahoma.
17. Special and determined effort has
been made to reorganize and improve ad
ministrative conditions at the Indian
Schools and on the reservations. Superin
tendents and the employees force have been
so readjusted as to insure the best results.
Service employees being placed in positions
where they have demonstrated their capaci
ty to make good. Altogether, the adminis
trative field force has been greatly strength
ened and correspondingly good results se
18. A full corps t)f field inspecotrs have
been appointed and when the organization
now being effected is completed the Com
missioner of Indian Affairs will have one
of the most systematic and dependable or
ganizations in the Government.
CROSS LAKE ITEMS.
Xodin Senior is to leave Monday, the
14th, for Washington. I). C.
The Cross Lake loggers are rushing work
now as the season for logging is getting
Miss Dempster, Miss Dunbar and Mr.
Dupris attended the dance and social at Ked
Lake the 11th.
The old people in the Cross Lake district
received their rations on the 5th of Febru
ary. This issue came in very handy at this
time of the year as the winter "has been ex
The roads on the lake are getting a little
Mr. Johnson and Mr. Belgarde of Red
Lake called at Ponemah the 6th on skis, re
turning the same afternoon. It was bitter
cold for such a trip.
Mrs. Gravelle and Mrs. Culp are visiting
at Dr. Linton's this week.
To Government Cordwood Contractors.
All Indians on the Red Lake side of the
reservation who contracted last faU for the
delivery of cord wood for the school and
agency and who have not yet delivered
same are hereby warned that unless prompt
assurance is given that their deliveries will
be taken care of promptly and the wood
actually delivered before March 1, ar
rangements will be made to obtain same
from other Indians. Many applications
are being received from Indians who had
not heretofore contracted for wood for per
mission to sell to the Government, therefore
further delay in making delivery of their
wood by those delinquent on their contracts
will result in the cancellation of their op
tions and the purchase of same from others.
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