The following agreement entered into by John Lane, United States special Indian agent, on the part of the United States, duly appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, in that behalf, of the one part, and the Coeur d' Alene Indians, residing on the Coeur d' Alene Indian Reservation, in the State of Idaho, of the other part, bearing date the seventh day of February, eighteen hundred and ninety-four, and which reads as follows, is hereby accepted, ratified, and confirmed:
This agreement made on the 7th day of February, 1894, by John Lane, U. S. special Indian agent, on the part of the United States, and the Coeur d'Alene Indians, residing on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation, in the State of Idaho, by their chiefs, headmen, and principal men, embracing a majority of all the male adult Indians occupying said reservation, pursuant to an item in the act of Congress, making appropriations for current and contingent expenses, and fulfilling treaty stipulations with Indian tribes for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1894, as follows:
"The Secretary of the Interior is hereby directed to negotiate with the Coeur d'Alene Indians for a change of the northern line of their reservation so as to exclude therefrom a strip of land on which the town of Harrison and numerous settlers are located.
"That the foregoing provision shall take effect and be in force, after it shall have been submitted to and agreed to by the Indians of said tribe, and approved by the Secretary of the Interior."
Witnesseth, that the said Indians, for the consideration hereinafter named, do hereby cede, grant, and relinquish to the United States all right, title, and claim which they now have or ever had of, in, and to all the land embraced within the following-described tract, now a part of their reservation, to wit:
Beginning at a point on the north line of the reservation, on the east bank of the mouth of the Coeur d'Alene River, and running due south one mile, thence due east parallel with the north boundary line to the east boundary line, thence north on the east boundary line to the northeast corner of the reservation, thence west on the north boundary line to the point of beginning.
And it is further agreed, in consideration of the above, that the United States will pay to the said Coeur d'Alene tribe of Indians the sum of fifteen thousand ($15,000) dollars, the same to be paid to the said Indians upon the completion of all the provisions of this agreement.
It is further agreed that the payment of the money aforesaid shall be made to the said tribe of Indians pro rata, or share and share alike, for each and every member of the said tribe as recognized by said tribe now living on said reservation.
The new boundary lines of the reservation, established by this agreement, or such protions thereof as are not defined by natural objects, shall be surveyed and marked in a plain and substantial manner. The cost of such surveys are to be paid by the United States.
This agreement shall not be binding upon either party until ratified by Congress.
Dated and signed at De Smet Mission, Idaho, this 7th day of February, 1894.
U. S. Special Indian Agent.
Witness: Geo. F. Steele.
The foregoing articles of agreement, having been fully explained to us in open council, we, the undersigned, chiefs, headmen, and principal men of the Coeur d'Alene tribe of Indians residing on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation, State of Idaho, do hereby consent and agree to all the stipulations therein contained.
Witness our hands and seals at De Smet Mission, State of Idaho, this 7th day of February, 1894.
Andrew Sultice, his x mark, seal; and others.
For the purpose of carrying out the terms of said agreement the sum of fifteen thousand dollars is hereby appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the same to be made immediately available and to be paid the Indians of the Coeur d'Alene Reservation by the Secretary of the Interior, pro rata, or share and share alike, in accordance with the terms of said agreement.
That for the purpose of segregating the ceded land from the diminished Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation, so much of the boundary line described in article one of the agreement that is not defined by a natural boundary shall be properly surveyed and permanently marked in a plain and substantial manner by prominent and durable monuments.
That to provide for disposal of the lands acquired by the foregoing agreement the Secretary of the Interior shall cause the same to be properly surveyed, subdivided, and platted in accordance with existing law; and the Secretary of the Interior shall direct one of the inspectors of the Department of the Interior to appraise the value of the town site of Harrison and state the price per acre of each and every legal subdivision of the ceded tract.
In case the total appraised value of all the lands exceeds or falls short of fifteen thousand dollars and the cost of appraising the lands, the appraisement of the town site and the subdivisions shall be scaled in proportion to the appraised values to such price as will bring the total to the sum to be paid the Indians and the cost of the appraisement; and at the rates thus determined, in addition to the usual fees and charges, the lands will be disposed of under the homestead and townsite laws, preference being given to those persons who were actual bona fide settlers at the date of the agreement, February seventh, eighteen hundred and ninety-four: Provided, That in no case shall the price per acre fall below the minimum prescribed by law.