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ADOPTION OF MINORS BY CROW INDIANS OF MONTANA

FEBRUARY 12, 1931.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

Mr. LEAVITT, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 16862!

The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 16862) relating to the adoption of minors by the Crow Indians of Montana, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it do pass with the following amendment:

On page 1, line 8, after the period insert the following: Provided, That adoptions by Indian custom, made prior to the date of approval hereof, involving probate proceedings now in process of consummation, shall not be affected by this act.

The purpose of this bill is to create an orderly procedure in connection with the inheritance rights of children adopted by members of the Crow Tribe of Indians. It constitutes legislation requested by the Crow Tribal Council and approved by the Indian Office. Assistant Commissioner Scattergood was present at the hearings on this bill and expressed approval. It is a character of legislation which does not require Budget approval, since it does not involve the expenditure of money.

Consequently, upon the representations made by members of the Crow Tribal Council present before the committee and officials of the Indian Bureau the committee ordered the bill reported. More formal report of the Indian Office is in course of preparation.

The amendment adopted is at the suggestion of the Indian Office and is accepted by the representatives of the Tribal Council.

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DISTRIBUTION OF TRIBAL FUNDS OF THE PUYALLUP

INDIANS OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON

FEBRUARY 12, 1931.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. LEAVITT, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 16213]

The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 16213) to provide for distribution of tribal funds of the Puyallup Indians of the State of Washington, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it do pass without amendment.

The necessity for the enactment of this bill is fully set forth in the report of the Secretary of the Interior.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, February 5, 1991. Hon. Scott LEAVITT, Chairman Committee on Indian Affairs,

House of Representatives. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: In compliance with your request of January 22, for a report on H. R. 16213, which is a bill providing for the distribution of tribal funds of the Puyallup Indians of the State of Washington, I transmit herewith a memorandum on the subject that has been submitted by Commissioner Rhoads of the Office of Indian Affairs. After a review of the proposed measure, I agree with Mr. Rhoads. Very truly yours,

Ray Lyman WILBUR, Secretary.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS,

Washington, January 30, 1931. Memorandum for the Secretary.

This will refer to H. R. 16213 proposing to authorize the distribution to the Puyallup, Indians of the State of Washington, of the following funds, approximating, together with interest, at the present time, a little above $89,000, such distribution to be made in equal shares to the 340 persons, or their heirs, whose names appear on the tribal roll prepared under authority contained in the acts of May 25, 1918 (40 Stat. 591-592), and June 30, 1919 (41 Stat. 9), which roll was approved by the department on May 12, 1930: Puyallup 4 per cent school fund..

$43, 723. 48 Interest on above fund, approximately -

34, 601. 37 Proceeds of surplus Puyallup school lands.

10, 302. 48 Interest on above fund, approximately ---

530. 65 Total --

89, 158. 48 Interest will accumulate and be computed to date of withdrawal of the principal funds from the United States Treasury for distribution.

It was our original plan to distribute the above funds during the past year, along with other funds belonging to the Puyallup Tribe, but the Comptroller General of the United States ruled, under date of July 22, 1930, that they were not susceptible of segregation without further specific statutory authority therefor.

The object in making a final and complete distribution of the funds of these Indians was due to the fact that they had no common reservation; that they had long since lost their tribal entity, being scattered about in white communities, with many intermarriages, and had reached that stage of development and individual responsibility which no longer warranted the further supervision of their affairs and tribal funds.

Under the circumstances recited above, enactment of H. R. 16213 is recommended.

C. J. Rhoads, Commissioner. O

QUARANTINE INSPECTION SERVICE

FEBRUARY 12, 1931.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. PARKER, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Com

merce, submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 16341]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 16341) to authorize 24-hour quarantine inspection service in certain ports of the United States, and for other purposes, having considered and amended the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

Amend the bill as follows: Page 3, after line 18, add tne following as a second paragraph: “The provisions of the act of June 5, 1920 (41 Stat. 875) relating to the schedule of fees and rates of charona to be adopted ana promulgated by the Secretary of the 'Treasury at the New Y quarantine station is hereby repealed.”

Page 4, after line 5, and the following as a new section:

"Sec. 3. Whenever steamship companies desiring the benefits of such extended quarantine service at any port, shall offer to advance funds in order to permit the immediate institution of such service at such port, the Secretary of the Treasury may, in his discretion, receive such funds and expend the same for such purpose; and the moneys so contributed shall be repaid by the Secretary, without interest, from any funds appropriated under authority of section 2 of this act.

The bill has the approval of the Treasury Department, as will appear by the letter attached.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

Washington, February 5, 1931. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: Reference is made to H. R. 16341, Seventy-first Congress, third session, a copy of which was transmitted by you to this department under date of January 20, 1931, requesting a report thereon, together with such comment as it is desired to submit for the information of your committee.

The major purpose of this bill is to vest in the Secretary of the Treasury authority to fix the hours for the performance of quarantine service in each port of entry following equitable determination of the extent of the need for quarantine service at each of such ports, thus permitting, as may be warranted in the principal ports, the extension of the hours as at present fixed between sunrise and sunset for the performance of quarantine services.

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