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ORGANIC ACT.

SECTION,

SECTION.
1. Boundaries of Oklahoma Terri- 15. Temporary seat of government.

tory - Congress may change 16. Delegate to congress-how and
boundaries.

when elected. 2. Executive power-in whom vest- 17. National banks. ed-Duties of Governor.

18. Lands in lieu of school land 3. Duties of Secretary.

grants. Other land provisions. 4. Legislative power--Qualification 19. Public land strip.

of legislators, term of ofľice, 20. Procedure in securing lands.
duration of session. Establish- 21. May secure patent in twelve
ing counties and county seats.

months.
Legislation may change same. 22. Townsite may be secured-when
Provisions for first election.

and how
5. Qualifications of electors at first 23. Relating to public highways.
election.

24. Fraudulent settlement of public' 6. Limitations of legislative power.

lands--how punished.
Property must be taxed with- 25. This act does not apply to Greer
out discrimination. Special li-

county only on certain condi-
censes--Procedure in passing

tions. laws.

26. Appropriations
7. Township, district and county 27. Legal rights acquired not inval.
offices-how filed. Legislature

idated.
cannot authorize issuance of 28. Law's applicable-repealing pro.
scrip for construction of rail-

visions.
roads.

29. Boundaries of Indian Territory. 8. Legislators cannot hold offices

Establishing a court. created by them.

30. Organization of courts—how, 9. Judicial powers-in whom vest

when and where.
ed. Jurisdiction of Supreme 31. Extending certain general laws
and District Courts. Jurisdic-

ot Arkansas over Indian Ter-
tion of Probate Court and Jus-

ritory. No attachments to issue tices of the Peace. Supreme

against improvements on InCourt to define judicial dis

dian lanils-except when.-Extricts. Unorganized territory.

ecutions valid when.- Court Appeals from District Court,

mav order improvements sold allowed when. Appeals from

when..- Receiver can be apSupreme Court, allowed when.

pointed under certain condiAdditional jurisdiction of Dis

tions. -This act not to deprive trict Courts.-Cherokee Outlet.

civilized tribes of certain jurisSupreme and District Courts

dictions.
may issue writs of mandamus. 32. Defining the application of cer-
10. U. S. Marshals to make arrests.

tain woni's.
All offenses triable in county 33, 34, 35 & 36. Defining jurisdice
where committed.

tion of certain courts of Indian 11. Nebraska laws temporarily in

Territory, Texas and Arkansas.
force in Oklahoma Territory. 37. Prohibiting lotteries and games
The Governor to establish vot-

of chance.
ing precincts.--Supreme and 38. Relating to marriages.
District Courts may enforce 39. United States Commissioners, by
Nebraska laws applying by this

whom appointed-appeals.
act.-Jurisdiction of County 40. Providing for arrests for crime.
Courts and Justices.

41. Extradition authority, in whom 12. Extending jurisdiction of Dis

vested.
trict Courts over Indians in Ok- 42. Appeals to United States Su.
lahoma.

preme Court.
13. Duties and qualifications of 43. Indians may become citizens.
United States Attorney.

44. Appropriations. 14. Territorial oficers-oath of of

tice, etc.-salaries. An Act to organize the Territory of Oklahoma-to establish courts in the In

dian Territory, and for othe: purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives

of the United States of America in Congress Assembled: SECTION 1. That all that portion of the United States Boundaries of

Oklahoma ter. now known as the Indian Territory (except so much of ritory.

the same as is actually occupied by the five civilized tribes, and the Indian tribes within the Quapaw Indian agency, and except the unoccupied part of the Cherokee outlet), together with that portion of the United States known as the Public Land Strip, is hereby erected into a temporary government by the name of the Territory of Oklahoma. The portion of the Indian Territory included in said Territory of Oklahoma is bounded by a line drawn as follows: Commencing at a point where the ninety-eighth meridian crosses the Red river, thence by said meridian to the point where it crosses the Canadian river, thence along said river to the west line of the Seminole country, thence along said line to the north fork of the Canadian river, thence down said river to the west line of the Creek country, thence along said line to the northwest corner of the Creek country, thence along the north line of the Creek country to the ninetysixth meridian, thence northward by said meridian to the southern boundary line of Kansas, thence west along said line to the Arkansas river, thence down said river to the north line of the land occupied by the Ponca tribe of Indians, from which point the line runs so as to include all the lands occupied by the Ponca, Tonkawa, Otoe and Missouri, and Pawnee tribes of Indians until it strikes the south line of the Cherokee outlet, which it follows westward to the seast] line of the state of Texas, thence by the boundary line of the state of Texas to the point of beginning; the Public Land Strip, which is included in said Territory of Oklahoma, is bounded east by the one hundredth meridian, south by Texas, west by New Mexico, north by Colorado and Kansas. Whenever the interest of the Cherokee Indians in the land known as the Cherokee outlet shall have been extinguished and the president shall make proclamation thereof, said outlet shall thereupon and without further legislation become a part of the Territory of Oklahoma. Any other lands within the Indian Territory not embraced within these boundaries shall hereafter become a part of the Territory of Oklahoma whenever the Indian nation or tribe owning such lands shall signify to the president of the United States in legal

change boun.

power, in

of gov.

manner its assent that such lands shall so become a part of said Territory of Oklahoma, and the president shall thereupon make proclamation to that effect.

Congress Congress may may at any time hereafter change the boundaries of said daries. territory, or attach any portion of the same to any other state or territory of the United States, without the consent of the inhabitants of the territory hereby created: Provided, That nothing in this act shall be construed to im. pair any right now pertaining to any Indians or Indian tribe in said territory under the laws, agreements and treaties of the United States, or to impair the rights of person or property pertaining to said Indians, or to affect the authority of the government of the United States to make any regulation or to make any law respecting said Indians, their lands, property or other rights which it would have been competent to make or enact if this act had not been passed.

Sec. 2. That the executive power of the Territory Execntive of Oklahoma shall be vested in a governor, who shall whom vested. hold his office for four years, and until his successor shall ernor. be appointed and qualified, unless sooner removed by the president of the United States. The governor shall reside within said Territory; shall be commander-in-chief of the militia thereof; he may grant pardons for offenses against the laws of said Territory, and reprieves for offenses against the laws of the United States, until the decision of the president can be made known thereon; he shall commission all officers who shall be appointed to office under the laws of said Territory, and shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

SEC. 3. That there shall be a secretary of said Ter-Duties of secritory, who shall reside therein and hold his office for four years, unless sooner removed by the president of the United States; he shall record and preserve all the laws and the proceedings of the legislative assembly hereinafter constituted, and all acts and proceedings of the governor in his executive department; he shall transmit one copy of the laws and journal of the legislative assembly, within thirty days after the end of each session thereof,

retary.

lators; term of

;

to the president of the United States and to the secretary of the interior, and, at the same time, two copies of the laws and journals of the legislative assembly to the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate for the use of congress; and in case of the death, removal, resignation or other necessary absence of the governor from the Territory, the secretary shall execute all the powers and perform all the duties of the governor during such vacancy or absence, or until another

governor is appointed and qualified. Legislative SEC. 4. That the legislative power and authority of power; qualifi. cation of legis said Territory shall be vested in the governor and legisoffice duration lative assembly. The legislative assembly shall consist

of a council and a house of representatives. The council shall consist of thirteen members, having the qualifications of voters as hereinafter prescribed, whose term of service shall continue two years. The house of representatives shall consist of twenty-six members, possessing the same qualifications as prescribed for members of the council, and whose term of service shall continue two years; and the sessions of the legislative assembly shall be bi-ennial and shall be limited to sixty days' duration: Provided, however, That the duration of the first session of said legislative assembly may continue one hun

dred and twenty days. Establishing That for the purpose of facilitating the organization of Legislature

a temporary government in the Territory of Oklahoma, seven counties are hereby established therein, to be known, until after the first election in the Territory, as the First county, the Second county, the Third county, the Fourth county, the Fifth county, and the Sixth county, the boundaries of which shall be fixed by the governor of the Territory until otherwise provided by the legislative assembly thereof. The county seat of the First county shall be at Guthrie. The county seat of the Second county shall be at Oklahoma City. The county seat of the Third county shall be at Norman. The county seat of the Fourth county shall be at El Reno. The county seat of the Fifth county shall be at Kingfisher

counties and county seats.

may change same.

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