Proclamation, June 5, 1926

Purpose: To extend a period of time in which people can pay for land.

Date: June 5, 1926

(Original document available here)

WHEREAS the Act of Congress directing the disposal of lands within a specified part of the Crow Indian Reservation, in the State of Montana, approved April 27, 1904 (33 Stat., 352, 361), among other things, provides :

That when, in the judgment of the President, no more of the land herein ceded can be disposed of at said price, he may by proclamation, to be repeated at his discretion, sell from time to time the remaining land subject to the provisions of the homestead law or otherwise as he may deem most advantageous, at such price or prices, in such manner, upon such conditions, with such restrictions, and upon such terms as he may deem best for all the interests concerned:

AND WHEREAS certain lands in the Reservation were sold and entered in the manner provided for by Proclamations of September 28, 1914 (38 Stat., 2029), and April 6, 1917 (40 Stat., 1653), which Proclamations fixed the terms under which the lands might be paid for;

AND WHEREAS because of droughts and adverse weather conditions extensions of time for payment until the 1925 anniversaries of the dates of the purchases and entries were allowed on certain conditions to certain purchasers and entrymen by proclamations dated May 5, 1920 (41 Stat., 1793), August 11, 1921 (42 Stat., 2246), July 10, 1922 (42 Stat., 2281), December 18, 1923 (43 Stat., 1931), and June 9, 1924 (43 Stat., 1955);

AND WHEREAS it appears that while there has been some improvement in the conditions existing on the reservation there are still many purchasers and entrymen who are unable to make payment in the manner required by the aforesaid proclamations.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority conferred in me by the said Act of April 27, 1904, do hereby order and direct that any purchaser or entryman of lands within said former reservation who is unable to pay the purchase money due under his purchase or entry made under the said proclamation of September 28, 1914, or the said proclamation of April 6, 1917, and who has complied with the provisions of the proclamation of June 9, 1924, upon filing in the local land office an affidavit corroborated by two persons setting out his inability to make the required payment of principal and satisfactory reasons therefor shall be granted an extension of time until the 1927 anniversary of the date of his entry or purchase, upon the payment to the Register of the district land office of interest at the rate of five per cent per annum on the amounts extended from the maturities thereof to the expiration of the period of extension. The district land office will promptly notify all purchasers and entrymen entitled to the extension of the manner in which it may be obtained. If the affidavit is not filed and the interest paid within thirty days from receipt of notice, or if, within such time, the amounts in arrears are not paid in full, the purchases or entries for which the amounts are due will be reported by the district land office to the General Land Office for cancellation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this 5th day of June, in the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and twenty – six and of Independence of the United States, the One Hundred and Fiftieth.

Citation: The Statutes at Large of the United States of America from December, 1925 to March, 1927

The Coolidge Foundation gratefully acknowledges the volunteer efforts of Quincy Gerald who prepared this document for digital publication.

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