Indian Affairs Laws and Treaties Vol. 4 (Laws)
In compliance with the resolution adopted by the Sixty-ninth Congress I s11bmit Volume IV of the Compilation of Indian Laws and Treaties. Volumes I and II of the Compilation, bringing laws and treaties down to 1902, were published in that year, and later a second edition was issued. Volume III was published in 1913, bringing the laws down to that date. Volume IV embraces all laws relating to Indian affairs passed by Congress from December, 1913, to the end of the Sixtyninth Congress, :March 4, 1927. During that period of 14 years a large amount of India,n legislation of considerable importance was enacted; many Executive orders, proclamations, etc., covering Indian lands and reservations have been issued, and a number of unratified treaties with Indians in whose behalf legislation has been enacted or is pending in Congress and which treaties have a bearing on such acts of Congress or pending legislation, are included in this volume, together with the latest statement of trust funds standing to the credit of the several tribes of Indians in the Treasury of the United States. All laws passed by Congress since 1913 relating to Indians which have been before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Federal and State courts, the Court of Claims, the Departments of Justice and the Interior, rrnd the Comptroller General for consideration or adjudication have appended thereto in this volume citations to such di'C�isions. In addition, through the courtesy of Senator Frazier, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the consent of the West Publishing Co. and the I~dward Thompson Co., publishers of the United States Code, Annotated, was olltained to n~print in this volume their Title 25-Indians, which Title embraces all genernllav\'S governing Indians with extended annotations, historical notes, and court <;itations eovcring the several sections of Title 25 of a most instructive and valuable nature. � There is also indudrd in this volume a list of ail treaties made with the Indians from 1178 to 1868 which have been bdore the Supreme Court of the United States for adjudication, and citation to opinions noted. There are further inclurled in Volume IV the famous N ortlnvest Ordinance of July 13, 1787, on the rights of Indians; a historical Statement of the Fort Laramie Treaty of September 17, 1851, and its Force and Effect; an article entitled "Power of Congress to Abrogate Indian Treaties"; a memorandum on Federal Jurisdiction over Indian Lands, Allotments, Alienation, and the Determination of Heirs of Deceased Indians, and an article entitled ''Doctrine of Indian Right of Oceupancy and Posses:;;ion of Land," supported by authorities, which papers will undoubtedly prove as serviceable and as ready a reference to Senators and Representatives on these important subjects as was the article appearing in Volume III, page 692, entitled "Power of the President to Set Aside by Proclamation or Executive Order Public Lands for Indian Reservations." (See Congressional Record, June 8, 1926, p. 10897.) With a libeml and metHodical index and marginal references to acts and treaties citing where same can be found in the Compilation, an examination of any question concerning legislation for the Indians can be conveniently and expeditiously made. As many Indian acts of Conp:ress are known by the name of their authors, the index refers to such acts under the name by which they are known and cited. In order to hnse the index of the previous three volumes of the Compilation conveniently at hand, there has been included at the end of this volume the indexto volume I, volume II, and Yolume III. It is believed that 1111 examination of Volume IV will show that neither time nor painstaking care has been spared in order to prepare a volume of service and merit.