restricted access 138. Pueblo Lands Board, June 7, 1924
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218 compensation as to the Attorney General shall seem meet and proper. Sec. 14. That all suits which may be brought by persons or corporations other than the pueblos hereinbefore named and the inhabitants thereof, commonly known and accepted by the pueblo as Pueblo Indians, involving any right, title, interest, benefit, use, possession, or right of possession, of any such person or corporation, to any lands falling or included within the exterior boundary lines of any of the pueblo grants in this act enumerated and specified shall be commenced within five years from the date of the passage and approval of this act; otherwise the same shall be forever barred, and said persons or corporations shall lose all rights and benefits by this act provided. Sec. 15. That surveys of lands within pueblo grants and reservations held and occupied by persons not Indian, or corporations , as heretofore made under the supervision of the surveyor general for New Mexico , and plats and field notes of which have been filed in his office, shall be accepted as prima facie evidence of the boundaries of lands therein described. Sec. 16. That in cases where lands within such grants, or any part or parcel thereof, shall at the trial be shown not to have been held and occupied by the claimants, nonIndian , for the period fixed by section 8 of this act for the acquiring of title under the provisions hereof, but have been purchased, or acquired by inheritance, used and cultivated , or purchased, or acquired by inheritance , held, occupied, or otherwise used for pastoral purposes under fence, in good faith by the claimant, the court shall make a special finding determining the boundaries of the tract so purchased, acquired, held and occupied, used and cultivated, in good faith, as well as also the value of the land without improvement, and shall report such finding to the Secretary of the Interior, and the claimant, if the Secretary of the Interior shall approve an application made by the claimant for said land, may purchase the same at the value found by the court, and the purchase price shall be held in trust and expended for the pueblo under such rules and regulations as shall be from time to time prescribed for the benefit of the pueblo within whose grant any such tract of land shall be situated. [Congressional Record, 62:12324–25.] 137. Indian Citizenship Act June 2, 1924 In 1924 Congress granted citizenship to all Indians born within the United States who were not yet citizens. An Act To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue certificates of citizenship to Indians. Be it enacted . . . , That all non-citizen Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States be, and they are hereby, declared to be citizens of the United States: Provided , That the granting of such citizenship shall not in any manner impair or otherwise affect the right of any Indian to tribal or other property. [U.S. Statutes at Large, 43:253.] 138. Pueblo Lands Board June 7, 1924 The vigorous opposition of reformers to the Bursum Bill of 1922 led to the creation of a special board to adjudicate the land controversies in New Mexico between the whites and the Pueblo Indians. An Act To quiet the title to lands within Pueblo Indian land grants, and for other purposes. Be it enacted . . . , That in order to quiet title to various lots, parcels, and tracts of ...


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