Agreement with the Ottawa, 1903





Agreement with the Ottawa, 1903

Be it known that whereas by an act of the Congress of the United States, approved March third, nineteen hundred and one (U.S. Statutes, vol. 31, page 1077), being an act making appropriations for the current and contingent expenses of the Indian Department and for fulfilling treaty stipulations with various Indian tribes for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and two, and for other purposes, in words as follows:

That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized, in his discretion to negotiate, through any United States Indian inspector, agreements with any Indians for the cession to the United States of portions of their respective reservations or surplus unallotted lands, any agreement thus negotiated to be subject to subsequent ratification by Congress.

Now, therefore, we, the chiefs, headmen, and members of the said Ottawa tribe of Indians in the Indian Territory, a majority of whose names are hereunto subscribed, for and in consideration of the sum of five dollars ($5.00) per acre for each and every acre hereby ceded, do hereby cede, surrender, and relinquish to the United States all the estate, right, title, and interest and claim whatsoever in and to all of our surplus or unallotted lands located in the Indian Territory, amounting to one thousand five hundred and eighty-seven acres and twenty-five one hundredths of an acre (1,587.25), as shown by the annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and two, page 597, be the same more or less; said consideration to be paid in cash within ninety days of the ratification of this agreement by Congress, per capita to each and every member of our tribe, share and share alike, who may be living at the date of the ratification as aforesaid:

Provided, however, That this cession shall in nowise affect the status or ownership of lands heretofore set aside by the tribe for church purposes in the Ottawa Reservation, Indian Territory; Provided further, That this agreement shall have no force or effect until ratified by Congress; And provided further, That no portion of the moneys arising from this agreement shall be used in or for the payment of any commissions, attorney fees, or debts against the Ottawa tribe of Indians.

In witness whereof we hereunto affix our signatures this eleventh day of June, A.D. nineteen hundred and three, on the Ottawa Reservation, Indian Territory.

Thomas B. Hutchuson, Ira M. Jones, Hugh K. Wind, Chas R. Jennison, James King. Thomas Pascwa, Henry M Jones (his x mark) (witness S. Armstrong, Horace B. Durant), Joseph Wind, Matilda Wind, Joseph B. Ring, Catherine Jennison, Angeline Latay, Sophia McCoonse, Matilda Stults, Mrs. Mary Walker, Alice Lee, Mary Biddle, Nettie Staton Roper, Ida L. Clark, Nannie M. Cooke, Mary Spinks, Laura Lee Lankard, Lizzie Suferman, Abbie Clark, Mary Herron, Ralph Jennison, George (his x mark) Esonertinger (witness Thos. B. Hutchinson, Silas Armstrong), Delphina (her x mark) Baldwin (witness Thomas B. Hutchinson, Silas Armstrong), Edith Barlow, Walter King, Louis Dogerille, John King, Isaac S. Williams, Lena M. Lykins, Abe Williams, Peter McCoontz, Sarah L. Williams, Henry Baldwin, William Baldwin, Fred. Baldwin, Oscar Robitaille, Tena Hubbard, Maud Pooler, Moses Pooler, Chris Wind, Lula Wyrick, William Hurr, James (his x mark) Wolf (witness Ross Guffin, Joshua Herron), Joshua Herron, Josiah Wolf, Winnie Laurer.

Quapaw Agency, Ind. T., Seneca Indian Training School,
Wyandotte, Ind. T., June 24, 1903.

This is to certify that the records of this office show 52, and no more, male Indians 18 years of age and upward, and 37, and no more, female Indians 18 years of age and upward belonging to the Ottawa tribe of Indians of the Quapaw Agency, Ind. T.

Horace B. Durant,
Superintendent and Special Disbursing Agent
in Charge of Quapaw Agency, Ind. T.