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herein before mentioned; and that in cases where the said sections have been partially or wholly disposed of either by purchase, allotment or homestead settlement, it do grant other lands within the said Territory in lieu thereof; the proceeds arising from the sale or lease of any such lands to be applied to the purposes indicated; and be it further
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of the Congress of the United States.
Approved February 24th, 1899.
COUNCIL JOINT RESOLUTION No. 1.
COUNCIL JOINT RESOLUTION No. 1, Relating to taxation of Indian
allotments. , Memorializing the Congress of the United States to permit the taxation, by the local government, of Indian allotments.
WHEREAS, There are within the limits of this Territory a large acreage and extensive bodies of land held by the Iowa, Sac and Fox, Pottawatomie, Absentee Shawnee, Cheyenne and Arapahoe, Pawnee, Cherokee, Tonkawas and other tribes of Indians, which were allotted to said Indians under the several Acts of Congress relative thereto, which said allotments include the best agricul. tural lands in the Territory, and which said lands are, by treaty stipulation with the several tribes by the gen. eral government, exempted from taxation by the Terri. torial, county and township authorities; and
WHEREAS, The expense of maintaining the Territorial and local governments, the organization and maintenance of schools and public institutions is paid by taxation upon the homesteads and property of other citizens of the Territory; and
WHEREAS, “Representation without taxation” is as equally un-American as "Taxation without Representation;" and
WHEREAS, The Indian population of this Territory de
rives as much benefit, if not more, from our Territorial and local government, than the other citizens thereof, and should therefore bear their proportionate expense for the benefit derived; and
WHEREAS, The Indian population of the United States is confined to a few of the western states and Territories, notably among which is the Territory of Oklahoma; and
WHEREAS, The great majority of the states of the Union are not burdened with care, trials and expense incident to an Indian population endowed with all the rights of citizenship, and ought therefore to aid in the expense occasioned thereby. Therefore, be it
Resolved, By the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Oklahoma, That we do and here now memorialize the Congress of the United States to so correct the laws and agreements with said Indian tribes and allotees, that their lands in this Territory may be taxed as other lands, or in lieu thereof that an annual appropriation be made by the general government, based upon equitable appraisement of such lands, and paid into the Territrorial Treasury, to be distributed to the various funds of the Territory and counties in which such lands are located in the same 'proportion as if such lands were taxable un. der the revenue laws of the Territory; and
Resolved, That one copy of this resolution be forwarded to the President of the Senate, one copy to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and one copy to our Delegate to Congress.
Approved February 17th, 1899.
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION No. 5.
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION No. 5, Memorializing the Congress of the
United Statest to authorize the issuance of a patent to certain lands occupied by the Benedict order or Mission of Fathers at Sacred Heart, Oklahoma.
WHEREAS, The order of the Benedictine Fathers of Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, otherwise known as the Sacred Heart Mission, are now and have been for more than thirty years last past engaged in the benevolent labors of maintaining a school for the education of Indian chil. dren, and for the diffusion of educational and moral culture among the Indians formerly occupying the Pottawatomie Reservation and now allotted therein; and
WHEREAS, Said Order or Mission have expended about fifty thousand [dollars] ($50,000) in erecting the proper and necessary buildings for the said purposes; and
WHEREAS, The Act of Congress approved June 30, 1890, and other Acts prior thereto, provided that the lands occupied by said order and upon which said buildings were erected, to-wit: the South half of Section Seven (7) and the North half of Section Eighteen (18) in Township Six (6) North, of Range Five (5) East of Indian Meridian, should not be subject to allotment or homestead entry, but should be reserved by the United States for Church and School purposes for the Sacred Heart Mission, and shall be patented to said Mission in a man. ner thereafter to be prescribed by Congress; and
WHEREAS, The Congress of the United States has failed so far to make any provisions for the patenting of said lands to the said Order or Mission, and that in justice the same should be done, Therefore,
Be It Resolved, By the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Oklahoma, that we do hereby memorialize the Congress of the United States to pass the necessary Act to authorize patents for said tracts of land to be issued to said Order or Mission, in trust for the uses and purposes for which same have been reserved.
Resolved, That one copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the President of the Senate of the Congress of the United States, and one to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and one copy to the Delegate in Congress for Oklahoma.
Approved March 2nd, 1899.
Section 1, Chapter 2, Laws of 1897, "Herd Law," by Section 1, Article 2,
Article 3, Chapter 2, Laws of 1893, “Herd Law."