Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 31
Thursday June 16, 1898 (Part 1)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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[The Curtis Bill has been a topic of news in most of the early Indian Territory newspapers that I have been transcribing. The Curtis Bill was expected to make sweeping changes in Indian Territory. A few issues past the Post announced the passage of the Curtis Bill by the House of Representatives and this issue announces the passage of the Bill by the Senate. The Bill, as passed is printed in full on the front page with a large box in the center of the page as follows:]
The Final Steps
The Curtis bill, after months of delay, having at last passed both houses of congress, will now, without the least doubt whatever, soon become a law. The concluding steps to be taken with the measure is all that it is necessary for us to further consider.
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THE CURTIS BILL.
It Has Passed Both Houses of Congress at Last.
Full Text of the Measure as it Now Stands
No Doubt that it Will Soon Become a Law
[I'm not going to transcribe all of this - I'll hit the highlights of each section and not include all the legal phrasing]
Sec. 1. ... word "officer" when the same appears in the criminal laws, ... shall include all officers of the several tribes or nations of Indians in said Territory.
Sec. 2. ... if any civil suit, either in law or in equity, ... that the property of any tribe is in any way effected by the issues being heard, ... the tribe shall be notified.
Sec. 9. That the jurisdiction of the court and municipal authority of the city of Fort Smith for police purposes in the state of Arkansas is hereby extended over all that strip of land in the Indian Territory between the corporate limits of the said city of Fort Smith and the Arkansas and Poteau rivers to the mouth of Mill creek, ... Provided, that no charge or tax shall ever be made or levied by said city against said land ...
Sec 11. That when the roll of citizenship of any one of said nations or tribes is fully completed .. Dawes Commission, shall proceed to allot the exclusive use and occupancy of the surface of all lands of said nation or tribe ... among the citizens thereof, as shown by said roll, giving to each, as far as possible, his fair and equal share ... but all oil, coal, asphalt and mineral deposits in the lands ... shall be reserved to the tribe or nation ... There shall also be reserved from the allotment a sufficient amount of lands now occupied by churches, schools, parsonages, charitable institutions and other public buildings for their present actual and necessary use ...
Sec. 12. That when report of allotment of lands of any tribe shall be made to the Secretary of the Interior ... he shall confirm such allotments, the allottees shall remain in peaceable possession ...
Sec. 13. ... rules and regulations of the leasing of oil, coal, asphalt and other minerals in said Territory, and all such leases shall be made by the Secretary of the Interior ... No lease shall be made for a period longer than 15 years, nor cover the mineral in more than 610 acres of land. ... Leasees shall pay on each oil, coal, asphalt, or other mineral claim at the rate of one hundred dollars per annum in advance for the first and second years, two hundred dollars per annum, in advance, for each succeeding year thereafter ... paid to the tribe ...
Sec. 14. That the inhabitants of any city or town in said Territory having two hundred or more residents therein may proceed, by petition to the United States court in the district in which such city or town is located, to have the same incorporated as provided in Chapter 28 of Mansfield's Digest of the Statutes of Arkansas ... if not already incorporated, and such city or town government, when so authorized and organized, shall possess all the powers and exercise all the rights of similar municipalities in the said State of Arkansas. All male inhabitants of such cities and towns over the age of twenty-one years, who are citizens of the United States or of either of the said tribes, who have resided therein more than six months next before any election held under this act, shall be qualified voters at such election.
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