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Notice Identifying Lands Subject to Secretarial Order of Restoration of February 22, 1945

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AGENCIES:

Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

SUMMARY:

On February 22, 1945, the Secretary of the Interior issued an Order restoring to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians of Minnesota (“Tribe”) certain lands that the Tribe had previously ceded to the United States for use by non-Indians. The lands restored to the Tribe by the 1945 Order are lands that were continuously held in trust by the United States since the cessions, that were never sold or otherwise disposed of, and for which the Tribe was never paid. This notice provides a partial list of the lands restored to the Tribe by the 1945 Order.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Nelson Act of January 14, 1889, ch. 24, 25 Stat. 642, created and authorized a Federal commission to negotiate a cession of lands in northern Minnesota from the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians of Minnesota (“Tribe”) to the United States. By agreement dated July 8, 1889, 2.9 million acres of land known as “Royce 706” were ceded by the Tribe to the United States for the benefit of the Tribe. The Tribe retained a much smaller area known as “Royce 707.”

On March 10, 1902, another agreement was negotiated between the Tribe and the United States for the cession of an additional 256,152 acres of land in the western portion of Royce 707. This agreement was approved by Congress under the Act of February 20, 1904, ch. 161, 33 Stat. 46. The Tribe's present-day reservation is composed of land remaining after the 1889 and 1902 cessions. Consistent with the provisions of the Nelson Act, the lands the Tribe Start Printed Page 57480ceded to the United States were opened for timber sales and homesteading, and most of the lands were disposed of by the 1930s.

The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (“IRA”), 25 U.S.C. 461 et seq., authorized the Secretary of the Interior, if he found it to be in the public interest, “to restore to tribal ownership the remaining surplus lands to any Indian reservation [that prior to June 18, 1934 were] opened, or authorized to be opened, to sale or any other form of disposal by Presidential proclamation, or by any of the public land laws of the United States[.]” 25 U.S.C. 463(a).

On February 22, 1945, exercising this authority granted by the IRA, the Secretary of the Interior issued an Order of Restoration (“1945 Order”) 10 FR 2448 (1945). The 1945 Order “Restored to tribal ownership all those lands of the Red Lake Indian Reservation which were ceded by the Indians under [the Nelson Act and the Act of February 20, 1904] and which were opened for sale or entry but for which the Indians have not been paid and which now are or hereafter may be classified as un-disposed of .” 10 FR at 2449. See also Act of December 4, 1942, ch. 673, 56 Stat. 1039 (“All right, title, and interest of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe in and to the so-called Red Lake Indian ceded lands, including any administrative reserves, is hereby declared extinguished and title thereto vested in the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians.”).

On May 28, 1945, the Acting Commissioner of the General Land Office forwarded to the Commissioner of the Office of Indian Affairs a list of lands that satisfied the criteria of the 1945 Order and could be returned to the Band. On April 29, 1946, and January 9, 1947, amendments to the list of lands were made. The list of May 28, 1945, and the amendments of April 29, 1946, and January 9, 1947 (collectively, the “1945 List”) totaled approximately 157,499 acres of noncontiguous lands. The 1945 List was to have been published in the Federal Register to provide public notice of lands that were subject to the 1945 Order. However, shortly after the 1945 List was completed, several title and legal description problems with lands on the list were discovered, and the 1945 List was never published in the Federal Register.

From 1945 until 1988, the Department attempted to resolve many of the vexing title and legal description problems with the lands on the 1945 List. On December 22, 1988, the Acting State Director of the Eastern States Office, Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), forwarded to the Bureau of Indian Affairs a comprehensive listing of lands totaling approximately 186,533 acres (“1988 List”) that the BLM had determined qualified for restoration to the Band under the 1945 Order. Many of the lands on the 1945 List were on the 1988 List. However, shortly after the 1988 List was completed, several additional title and legal description problems were discovered and the 1988 List was never published in the Federal Register.

In December 1997, the Department initiated a review of the lands on the 1945 and 1988 Lists. On February 2, 1999, the Department published in the Federal Register a list of lands totaling 89,852.06 acres which were determined to be eligible for restoration to the Tribe pursuant to the 1945 Order. 64 FR 5069 (1999).

The Department has determined through a review of BLM records that the following lands that were ceded by the Tribe to the United States in 1889 and 1902, that were held in trust by the United States subject to sale for the benefit of the Tribe, and that were not disposed of by the United States, were restored to the Tribe by the 1945 Order. This list does not represent a final list of all those lands restored to tribal ownership under the 1945 Order. Descriptions of any additional lands that were restored by the 1945 Order may be published as they are confirmed.

DescriptionAcreage
T. 158 N., R. 25 W.
Sec. 4, Lot 4, S1/2NW1/4, NE1/4SW1/4, NW1/4SE1/4157.97
Sec. 5, Lot 1, SE1/4NE1/478.13
Sec. 7, Lots 3, 4, E1/2SW1/4156.24
Sec. 9, E1/2SE1/480
Sec. 10, S1/2SW1/480
Sec. 15, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, N1/2SE1/4560
Sec. 17, NE1/4, NE1/4NW1/4, S1/2NW4, N2SW4, SE1/4SW1/4, SE1/4560
Sec. 18, NE1/4SE1/440
Sec. 19, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, SE1/4480
Sec. 20, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4640
Sec. 21, N1/2, SW1/4, N1/2SE1/4, SW1/4SE1/4600
Sec. 22, S1/2NE1/4, NW1/4, N1/2SW1/4, N1/2SE1/4, SE1/4SE1/4440
Sec. 23, NW1/4NE1/440
Sec. 27, S1/2SW1/4, SW1/4SE1/4120
Sec. 28, NW1/4NW1/4, SE1/4SE1/480
Sec. 29, N1/2NE1/4, NW1/4240
Sec. 30, Lot 2, N1/2NE1/4, SE1/4NE1/4157.85
T. 159 N., R. 25 W.
Sec. 7, SE1/4SW1/4, SW1/4SE1/480
Sec. 15, E1/2NW1/4, NE1/4SW1/4, S1/2SW1/4, SW1/4SE1/4240
Sec. 17, W1/2SW1/4, SE1/4SW1/4, S1/2SE1/4200
Sec. 18, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, S1/2NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, SE1/4546.40
Sec. 19, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, SE1/4627.65
Sec. 20, NW1/4NE1/4, N1/2NW1/4, SW1/4NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4480
Sec. 21, SE1/4160
Sec. 22, W1/2NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, W1/2SE1/4480
Sec. 27, NW1/4, N1/2SW1/4240
Sec. 28, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, N1/2SE1/4, SE1/4SE1/4600
Sec. 29, N1/2NE1/4, SE1/4NE1/4, N1/2NW1/4, E1/2SE1/4280
Sec. 30, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4468.32
Sec. 32, NE1/4NE1/4, S1/2NE1/4120
Sec. 33, N1/2NW1/4, SW1/4NW1/4120
T. 158 N., R. 26 W.
Sec. 2, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, S1/2NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4639.32
Sec. 3, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, S1/2NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4641.20
Sec. 4, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, S1/2NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4639.84
Sec. 5, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, S1/2NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4639.04
Sec. 6, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, S1/2NE1/4, SE1/4NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, SE1/4624.41
Sec. 7, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, SE1/4626.40
Sec. 8, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4640
Sec. 9, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4640
Sec. 10, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, N1/2SE1/4, SW1/4SE1/4600
Sec. 11, W1/2NE1/4, NW1/4240
Sec. 12, SW1/4SW1/440
Sec. 15, SE1/4NW1/4, NE1/4SW1/4, SW1/4SE1/4120
Sec. 17, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4640
Sec. 18, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, SE1/4626.60
Sec. 19, Lots 1, 2, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, NW1/4SE1/4353.25
Sec. 20, NE1/4, NW1/4320
Sec. 21, S1/2NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4160
Sec. 22, N1/2NE1/4, NE1/4NW1/4120
T. 159 N., R. 26 W.
Sec. 1, SE1/4SE1/440
Sec. 2, SW1/4NE1/440
Sec. 4, SW1/4NW1/4, NW1/4SW1/480
Sec. 5, NE1/4SE1/4, NW1/4SE1/480
Sec. 7, Lots 3,4, E1/2SW1/4, W1/2SE1/4229.40
Sec. 13, S1/2SE1/480
Sec. 14, SW1/4NW1/4, NE1/4SW1/4, SE1/4SE1/4120
Sec. 17, S1/2SW1/4, SW1/4SE1/4120
Sec. 18, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, W1/2NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, SE1/4538.37
Sec. 19, Lots 1, 2, 3, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, NE1/4SW1/4, N1/2SE1/4464.58
Sec. 20, W1/2NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4560
Sec. 21, SE1/4NE1/4, SW1/4NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4400
Sec. 22, S1/2NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4400
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Sec. 23, E1/2NE1/4, SW1/4, NE1/4SE1/4, S1/2SE1/4360
Sec. 24, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4640
Sec. 25, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4640
Sec. 26, NE1/4, NW1/4320
Sec. 27, NE1/4, NW1/4320
Sec. 28, N1/2NE1/4, SE1/4NE1/4, N1/2NW1/4200
Sec. 29, NE1/4NW1/4, S1/2SW1/4120
Sec. 30, S1/2SW1/480
Sec. 31, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, SE1/4622.44
Sec. 32, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4640
Sec. 33, NE1/4, NE1/4NW1/4, S1/2NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4600
Sec. 34, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4640
Sec. 35, SW1/4, SE1/4320
T. 160 N., R. 26 W.
Sec. 33, SW1/4SW1/440
T. 156 N., R. 27 W.
Sec. 6, Lot 630.62
T. 159 N., R. 27 W.
Sec. 1, SE1/4SE1/440
Sec. 12, E1/2SW1/4, SW1/4SE1/4120
Sec. 13, SE1/4NE1/4, E1/2SE1/4120
T. 156 N., R. 28 W.
Sec. 4, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, S1/2NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4575.16
Sec. 5, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, S1/2NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4570.80
Sec. 7, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, SE1/4480
Sec. 8, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4640
Sec. 9, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4640
Sec. 17, NE1/4, NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4640
Sec. 18, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, SE1/4480
Sec. 19, NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4240
Sec. 20, NW1/4160
Sec. 21, NW1/4NE1/4, N1/2NW1/4, SW1/4NW1/4160
T. 160 N., R. 28 W.
Sec. 34, SW1/4NW1/4, NW1/4SW1/480
T. 154 N., R 29 W.
Sec. 2, NE1/4SW1/440
T. 159 N., R. 33 W.
Sec. 6, Lot 6, 7, SE1/4SW1/4116.61
Sec. 7, E1/2NE1/480
T. 167 N., R. 34 W.
Sec. 3, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, S1/2NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4643.20
Sec. 4, Lot 3, S1/2NE1/4, SE1/4NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4480.39
Sec. 5, Lots 2, 3, 4, SW1/4NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4, SW1/4, SE1/4560.79
T. 168 N., R. 34 W.
Sec. 30, Lots 2, 3, 4, SW1/4NE1/4, SE1/4NW1/4, NE1/4SW1/4 NW1/4SE1/4278.58
Sec. 31, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, W1/2NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SW1/4, SE1/4559.20
Sec. 33, NE1/4NE1/4, NW1/4, N1/2SW1/4, SE1/4SW1/4320
T. 149 N., R. 35 W.
Sec. 26, Lot 711.37
Sec. 27, Lot 13.25
T. 160 N., R. 35 W.
Sec. 35, SE1/4NW1/4, NE1/4SW1/4, S1/2SW1/4, SE1/4320
T. 168 N., R. 35 W.
Sec. 10, Lot 112.05
T. 151 N., R. 39 W.
Sec. 2, Lot 140.35
Sec. 3, Lot 1018.40
Sec. 5, Lot 40.40

Containing 34,578.58 acres.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Gayle F. Gordon, State Director, Eastern States Office, or Walt Rewinski, Deputy State Director, Resources Planning, Use and Protection, Eastern States Office, Bureau of Land Management, 7450 Boston Boulevard, Springfield, Virginia 22153.

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Dated: September 25, 2001.

Gayle F. Gordon,

State Director, Bureau of Land Management.

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[FR Doc. 01-28614 Filed 11-14-01; 8:45 am]

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