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The Committee on Indian Affairs reported legislation concerning:
1882 Bills for the payment of Indian depredation claims out of Indian funds
should go to the Committee on Indian Affairs and not to the Committee
severalty. 1891 Miami Indian claims. 1903 Indian depredation claims. 1908 Providing regulations pertaining to homestead entries on Indian lands.
Authorizing the issuance of a patent in fee for certain Indian lands
preservation of forests on certain lands reserved for Indian reservations. 1910 Bills authorizing Indian tribes to submit to the Court of Claims, various
claims against the United States, were taken from the Committee on
Claims and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs. 1911 the bill (H. R. 20825) to amend an act providing for the adjudication of
claims arising out of Indian depredations, and the bill was referred to
the Committee on Indian Affairs, not the Committee on Claims. 1914 To provide water for the irrigable lands of the Yakima Indian
Reservation, and the same was referred to the Committee on Indian
Affairs. 1916 Providing for the taxation of lands of the Winnebago Indians and the
Omaha Indians in the State of Nebraska. 1919 To provide for the distribution of tribal funds of the Crow tribe, and for
other purposes. 1920 Authorizing the court of Claims to hear, determine, and render
judgment on the claims of certain Indian tribes and bands against the
United States. 1923 Authorizing Indian tribes and individual Indians to submit to the Court
of Claims certain claims growing out of treaties and otherwise.
To modify the Osage fund restrictions. 1925 To provide for expenditures of tribal funds of Indians for construction, repair, and rental of agency buildings and related purposes.
1926 Setting aside Rice Lake and contiguous lands in Minnesota for the
exclusive use and benefit of the Chippewa Indians of Minnesota.
Montana State public schools. 1929 Appropriating tribal funds of Indians residing on the Klamath
Reservation to pay expenses of the general council and business committee of the tribe was transferred from the Committee on Appropriations to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Committee on Territories
(1825 - 1946)
History and Jurisdiction
The Committee on Territories was established on December 13, 1825 to deal with issues relating to “Territorial legislation, the revision thereof, and affecting Territories to the admission of States”.?
As a result of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, the Committee on Territories as abolished and its jurisdiction was included into the Committee
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Issues Discussed by the Committee
The committee reported legislation concerning the structure, status, and power of the Territorial governments; statehood; powers of municipalities; boundary disputes; and on matters relating to public lands and homesteading, railroads, public works, public buildings, highways, taxation, bond issues, education, Indians, prohibition, and wildlife. The Committee also dealt with issues relating to the boundaries of Territories and States.
Various issues captured the nation's attention on issues within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Territories. People argued wether or not a Territory should become a State for one reason or another.
Prominent issues included: polygamy in Utah; Indian rights and homesteading with Oklahoma; woman's suffrage; prohibition in the Territories; conservation of wildlife, particularly in Alaska and Hawaii; and issues relating to the creation and establishment of roads, trails, and railroads, and the availability of public lands for homesteading.
In relation to the Indian Territory, the Committee maintained an active oversight over issues including settlement by non-Indians, the Dawes Commission, boundaries, and treaties.
Issues with in the jurisdiction of the Committee on Territories include:
the general affairs of the Territories.
U.S. Congress, Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and the Rules of the House of
The Committee on Territories reported legislation concerning:
1887 1900 1900
Jurisdiction of the Territorial courts.
Exchange of Government lands for privately owned lands in the Territory of
Committee on Pacific Railroads
(1865 - 1911)
History and Jurisdiction
The Committee on Pacific Railroads was created as a permanent Committee on March 2, 1865, although it was a Select Committee prior to 1865. The jurisdiction of the Committee was not focused solely on railroads, rather the jurisdiction was listed as relating "to the railroads and telegraph lines between the Mississippi River and the Pacific coast."
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