55. Organization of Indian Affairs in Oregon, June 5, 1850
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80 of the other executive departments, and who shall perform all the duties assigned to him by this act. . . . Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Interior shall exercise the supervisory and appellate powers now exercised by the Secretary of the War Department, in relation to all the acts of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs; and shall sign all requisitions for the advance or payment of money out of the treasury, on estimates or accounts, subject to the same adjustment or control now exercised on similiar estimates or accounts by the Second Auditor and Second Comptroller of the Treasury. . . . [U.S. Statutes at Large, 9:395.] 55. Organization of Indian Affairs in Oregon June 5, 1850 Although the United States acquired exclusive claim to Oregon in 1846 and Oregon Territory was organized in 1848, it was not until 1850 that provision was made for dealing with the Indian tribes of that region. Congress then authorized the negotiation of treaties, provided for a superintendent of Indian affairs and for one or more Indian agents for Oregon, and extended the provisions of the trade and intercourse act to the area. An Act authorizing the Negotiation of Treaties with the Indian Tribes in the Territory of Oregon, for the Extinguishment of their Claims to Lands lying west of the Cascade Mountains, and for other Purposes. Be it enacted . . . , That the President be authorized to appoint one or more commissioners to negotiate treaties with the several Indian tribes in the Territory of Oregon, for the extinguishment of their claims to lands lying west of the Cascade Mountains; and, if found expedient and practicable, for their removal east of said mountains; also, for obtaining their assent and submission to the existing laws regulating trade and intercourse with the Indian tribes in the other Territories of the United States, so far as they may be applicable to the tribes in the said Territory of Oregon; the compensation to such commissioner or commissioners not to exceed the rate heretofore allowed for similar services. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the President be authorized, by and with the advice ad consent of the Senate, to appoint a Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Territory of Oregon, who shall receive an annual salary of twenty-five hundred dollars, and whose duty it shall be to exercise a general superintendence over all the Indian tribes in Oregon, and to exercise and perform all the powers and duties assigned by law to other superintendents of Indian affairs. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That so much of the act to establish the territorial government of Oregon, approved the eleventh [14th] August, 1848, as requires the governor of said Territory to perform the duties of Superintendent of Indian Affairs, and authorizes him to receive a salary therefor, in addition to the salary allowed for his services as governor, be repealed; and that the governor of said Territory shall hereafter receive an annual salary of three thousand dollars. Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the President be authorized, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint one or more Indian agents, not exceeding three, as he shall deem expedient, each of whom shall receive an annual salary of fifteen hundred dollars, give bond as now required by law, and perform all the duties of agent to such tribe or tribes of Indians in the Territory of Oregon as shall be assigned to him by the superintendent to be appointed by the provisions of this act, under the direction of the President. Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the law regulating trade and intercourse with the Indian tribes east of the Rocky Mountains, or such provisions of the same as may be applicable, be extended over the Indian tribes in the Territory of Oregon. Sec 6. And be it further enacted, That the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars be appropriated , out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to carry into effect the provisions of this act. [U.S. Statutes at Large, 9:437.] ...