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The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs


58th Congress, 2d Session



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This 1904 reprint of the Law of 1891 was published in vol. I of Charles Kappler’s Indian Affairs. Laws and Treaties. Passed by Congress on March 3, 1891, this law reduced the size of the Fort Berthold Reservation and provided for individual land allotments, in which the government would hold the title for twenty-five years. In addition, this law permitted the US government to open the lands acquired to settlement under the provisions of the homestead laws.

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Gros Ventres, Hidatsa, Mandans, Mandan, Nueta, Arickarees, Arikara, Sahnish, Ree, Territory of Dakota, Fort Berthold Reservation, lands ceded, diminished reservation, allotment, allotment in severalty, Homestead Act, homestead laws, General Allotment Act, Fort Berthold Agency

Geographic Subjects

Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, North Dakota, Dakota Territory, Missouri River

Organizations Referenced

Fort Berthold Agency, US Department of Interior, US General Land Office, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, MHA Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, US Congress

People Referenced

Charles J. Kappler, John V. Wright, Jared Daniels, Charles F. Larrabee, Pa-des-a-hish, Wo-ka-sa, Kun-nukh-to-wite, Eliphalet Whittlesey, D.W. Diggs, Charles A. Maxwell, Simon Ananangmari


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Law of 1891 (Kappler)



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