the right of the public highway, in so far as it may affect any of the lands mentioned in the bill.

The suggestions above offered may be embodied in the bill as section 4, to read as follows:

"SEC. 4. That the appraisal of the lands described in section one of this act shall approximate the estimated cost per acre for the construction of irrigation works for the Milk River irrigation project. The conveyances for the lands described above in sections one and two shall reserve to the United States and its successors in interest right of way for canals or ditches heretofore or hereafter constructed thereon, and the railway company shall construct at its own expense any crossings of said canals or ditches which may be necessary for its purposes, and such crossings shall be built and maintained in such manner as not to interfere with the operation of said canals or ditches by the United States or its successors in interest, and such conveyances shall be subject to any prior valid rights, if any."



Chairman Committee on the Public Lands,
House of Representatives.

Acting Secretary.


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[To accompany H. R. 18453.]

The Committee on Indian Affairs, to which was referred the bill (H. R. 18453) making appropriations for the current and contingent expenses of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, for fulfilling treaty stipulations with various Indian tribes, and for other purposes, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1918, respectfully report the same back with sundry amendments, and as so amended recommends its passage.

The total appropriations by the committee are.
Total appropriations by the House.....

Total increase in appropriations..

Decrease by Senate.....

Total net increase..

$12, 435, 144. 05 10, 625, 956. 67

1,809, 187. 38 3,000.00

1, 806, 187. 38


(Bill, p. 2, line 1; House hearings, p. 3.)

Appropriation, $105,000; estimate, $100,000; allowed by House, $100,000; increase, $5,000.

This is the amount usually appropriated for this survey and allotment work upon Indian reservations. The increase is of the sum of $5,000 for the purpose of authorizing an investigation to determine the true north and west boundaries of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. For more than 30 years the question of the boundaries of the west and north lines of the Warm Springs Reservation has been before the department. There was introduced by Senator Lane in the Sixty-fourth Congress, first session, a bill (S. 5916) to authorize the survey and appropriating $10,000 for the work. This bill was favorably reported by this committee on August 15, 1916, and passed the Senate September 7, 1916, but in the hearings on the bill (H. R.


(Bill, p. 6; line 15; House hearings, p. 29.)

Appropriation, $1,650,000; estimate, $1,700,000; allowed by House, $1,550,000.

A full statement of the expenditures of the appropriations for schools is shown on pages 29-34 of the House hearings. There are 80,979 Indian children of school age and the average cost of educating them is less than $200 per capita. The committee recommends this item as being one of the most essential expenditures covered by this bill.


(Bill, p. 7. line 9; House hearings, p. 38.)

Appropriation, $625,000; estimate, $475,000; allowed by House, $400,000.

The expenditures of the amount appropriated last year are shown on page 38 of the House hearings and in House Document 1450 of the Sixty-fourth Congress, second session. The increase over last year's appropriation is largely due to the increase in the cost of materials, as, lumber, 25 per cent; building paper, 34 per cent; glass, 39 per cent; building hardware, 30 to 51 per cent; and paint, 52 per The amount authorized by your committee is therefore




(Bill, p. 9, line 7; House hearings, p. 42.)

Appropriation, $72,000; estimate, $75,000; allowed by House,


Nearly all of this appropriation is used for the transportation of Indian pupils to and from Indian schools not upon reservations. A small amount is used at reservation schools and for transportation of Indian children to Government day schools and public schools who otherwise would be unable to attend them. In this paragraph there is a provision that where practicable the transportation and expenses so paid shall be refunded and shall be returned to the appropriation from which paid. This is due to the fact that in some cases Indian pupils have secured employment in various factories, through the aid of department officials, and it would be well to have the children repay the money where it is expended for their benefit from the school to the factory.


(Bill, p. 9, line 21; House hearings, p. 45.)

Appropriation, $500,000; estimate, $500,000; allowed by House, $425,000.

The increase in the item is $75,000 over that allowed by the House. The amount appropriated last year is shown itemized on pages 45-51

of the hearings before the House committee. The increase is justified by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in his report, the expenditures taking care of several branches of the Indian Service, including the farmers, matrons, and experimental work among the Indians. The appropriation is recommended by the committee.


(Bill, p. 11, line 14; House hearings, p. 60.)

Appropriation, $300,000; estimate, $300,000; allowed by House, $300,000.

In this appropriation the limitation to two warehouses for the Indian Service has been increased to three. The warehouses are maintained at three of the principal distributing points throughout the Indian country: Chicago, St. Louis, and San Francisco. In the opinion of the department it is a matter of economy to maintain three instead of two warehouses and the change from two to three is recommended.


(Bill, p. 11, line 21; House hearings, p. 72.)

Appropriation, $8,000; estimate, $10,000; allowed by House,


The amount allowed by the House is in accordance with the statement of the commissioner that the bureau would be able to cover its expenditure for this particular item with the $8,000, and the amount is $2,000 less than the appropriation of last year. The expenditure is for telephone and telegraph messages sent and received at Washington.



(Bill, p. 12, line 7; House hearings, p. 73.)

Appropriation, $10,000; estimate, $10,000; allowed by House, The personnel of the Board of Indian Commissioners is as follows: George Vaux, ir., 1606 Morris Building, Philadelphia, Pa.

Merrill E. Gates, 1309 Rhode Island Avenue NW., Washington, D. C.

William D. Walker, 367 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, N. Y.
Warren K. Moorehead, Andover, Mass.

Samuel A. Eliot, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass.

Frank Knox, Manchester, N. H.

Edward E. Ayer, Railway Exchange Building, Chicago, Ill.

William H. Ketcham, 1326 New York Avenue, Washington, D. C. Daniel Smiley, Redlands, Cal.

I. B. Dockweiler, Los Angeles, Cal.

The Board of Indian Commissioners was constituted by the act of April 10, 1869 (16 Stat., 40), and its duties are to cooperate with the department in the purchase of supplies; to act as a sort of tribunal,

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