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COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS
AN ACT TO EXEMPT CERTAIN INDIANS AND INDIAN
JUNE 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, AND 20, 1940
Printed for the use of the Committee on Indian Affairs
WHEELER-HOWARD ACT, EXEMPT CERTAIN INDIANS
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 1940
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D. C.
The committee met at 10:30 a. m., Hon. Will Rogers (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee has met to take testimony on S. 2103.
The Chair would like to ask that Public, No. 383, Seventy-third Congress, better known as the Wheeler-Howard Act, be inserted in the record at this point:
That will be followed by Public, No. 147, Seventy-fourth Congress, which is an amendment to the Wheeler-Howard Act:
Followed by Senate 2103:
Followed by the letter and the memorandum submitted by the Secretary of the Interior:
If there are no objections, it is so ordered and the documents referred to will be included in the record at this point. (The documents referred to are as follows:)
[PUBLIC NO. 383-73D CONGRESS]
AN ACT To conserve and develop Indian lands and resources; to extend to Indians the right to form busi ness and other organizations; to establish a credit system for Indians; to grant certain rights of home rule to Indians; to provide for vocational education for Indians; and for other purposes
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That hereafter no land of any Indian reservation, created or set apart by treaty or agreement with the Indians, Act of Congress, Executive order, purchase, or otherwise, shall be allotted in severalty to any Indian.
SEC. 2. The existing periods of trust placed upon any Indian lands and any restriction on alienation thereof are hereby extended and continued until otherwise directed by Congress.
SEC. 3. The Secretary of the Interior, if he shall find it to be in the public interest, is hereby authorized to restore to tribal ownership the remaining surplus lands of any Indian reservation heretofore opened, or authorized to be opened, to sale, or any other form of disposal by Presidential proclamation, or by any of the publicland laws of the United States: Provided, however, That valid rights or claims of any persons to any lands so withdrawn existing on the date of the withdrawal shall not be affected by this Act: Provided further, That this section shall not apply to lands within any reclamation project heretofore authorized in any Indian reservation: Provided further, That the order of the Department of the Interior signed, dated, and approved by Honorable Ray Lyman Wilbur, as Secretary of the Interior, on October 28, 1932, temporarily withdrawing lands of the Papago Indian Reservation in Arizona from all forms of mineral entry or claim under the public land mining laws, is hereby revoked and rescinded, and the lands of the said Papago Indian Reservation are hereby restored to exploration and location, under the existing mining laws of the United States, in accordance with the express