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74111 CoxGRESS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

1st Session

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REPORT No. 789

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION OF WILLAMETTE RIVER

AND ITS TRIBUTARIES

APRIL 25, 1935.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. WILSON of Louisiana, from the Committee on Flood Control,

submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 865)

The Committee on Flood Control, to whom was referred the bill (S. 865), authorizing a preliminary examination of the Willamette River and its tributaries in the State of Oregon, with a view to controlling floods, having been favorably considered by the Committee on Commerce of the Senate and by this committee, report thereon with the recommendation that it do pass.

The bill has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the annexed letter, and the amendment referred to therein has been incorporated in the bill as reported.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, February 6, 1935. Hon. Royal S. COPELAND, Chairman Committee on Commerce, United States Senate,

Washington, D. C. DEAR SENATOR COPELAND: Reference is made to your letter January 18, 1935, requesting a report on a bill (S. 865) authorizing a survey of the Willamette River and its tributaries, in the State of Oregon, with a view to controlling floods.

I am advised by the Chief of Engineers that the survey directed by the bill would cost a considerable sum. The data before the Department is not sufficient to indicate that the cost of the survey is warranted by the consequent benefits. It has been the usual procedure of Congress under the provisions of section 3 of the act entitled "An act to provide for the control of the floods of the Mississippi River and of the Sacramento River, Calif., and for other purposes”, approved March 1, 1917, to limit the initial authorization to a preliminary examination. The report on the preliminary examination showing the costs of the proposed survey, the general feasibility of the work proposed, and the Federal and local benefits to be anticipated from the execution of this work, is then transmitted to the House of Representatives for its further consideration. It is the view of this Department, therefore, that the bill should be amended to provide for a preliminary examination in lieu of a survey. An amendment to the bill to carry out this purpose is indicated in red ink. As so amended, I perceive no objection to its passage. Sincerely yours,

Geo. H. DERN, Secretary of War. O

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION SEBEWAING RIVER,

HURON COUNTY, MICH., FLOOD CONTROL

APRIL 25, 1935.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. WILSON of Louisiana, from the Committee on Flood Control,

submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 6829)

The Committee on Flood Control, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 6829) authorizing a preliminary examination of Sebewaing River, in Huron County, Mich., with a view to the controlling of floods, having considered same, report thereon with the recommendation that it do pass.

The Sebewaing River comprises a drainage district affecting lands in Sebewaing and Brookfield Townships, Huron County, and lands in Almer, Columbia, Ellington, and Elmwood Townships in Tuscola County, Mich. Serious flood conditions appear frequently, particularly in the spring, which cause much damage to private and industrial property of the people who live near the river and cause disastrous and undue hardships to the entire village of Sebewaing and its locality.

The measure has the approval of the War Department, and the following favorable report has been received from the Department on this bill, H. R. 6829:

WAR DEPARTMENT,

April 23, 1935. Respectfully returned to the Chairman of the Committee on Flood Control, House of Representatives.

This Department is not aware of any objection to the enactment of House bill no. 6829, "authorizing a preliminary examination of Sebewaing River in Huron County, Mich., with a view to the controlling of floods.

GEO. H. DERN, Secretary of War.

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CREDIT CERTAIN INDIAN TRIBES WITH SUMS HERETOFORE EXPENDED FROM TRIBAL FUNDS ON INDIAN IRRIGATION WORKS

APRIL 25, 1935.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed

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

following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 1531)

The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (S. 1531) to credit certain tribes with sums heretofore expended from tribal funds on Indian irrigation works, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it do pass without amendments.

The Commissioner of Indian Affairs and the officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs personally appeared before the committee and manifested their approval of this legislation.

This bill has the approval of the department as can be seen from the following letter from the Secretary of the Interior:

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, March 5, 1935. Hon. ELMER THOMAS,

Chairman Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: This is in further reference to your communication of January 31 requesting a report on S. 1531 relating to the repayment to the Fort Belknap Indian tribal fund of the amounts heretofore expended from that fund on irrigation works of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, Mont.

This matter was given consideration by a committee appointed under the provisions of the act of July 1, 1932 (47 Stat. 564), which authorized the Secretary of the Interior to adjust or eliminate reimbursable charges of the Government existing as debts against individual Indians or tribes of Indians. The committee in its report on the Fort Belknap Reservation recommended that the tribal money used in the construction of that project be reimbursed to the tribe by an act of Congress. (See H. Doc. No. 501, 72d Cong., 2d sess., pp. 38 to 48.)

As a precedent for such act our attention is invited to the provision of the act of May 18, 1916 (39 Stat. 123–141) relating to the Blackfeet, Flathead, and Fort Peck Indian Reservations in Montana which act, reads in part as follows:

“That the tribal funds heretofore covered into the Treasury of the United States in partial reimbursement of appropriations made for constructing irrigation systems on said reservations shall be placed to the credit of the tribe and be available for such expenditure for the benefit of the tribe as Congress may hereafter direct."

Should this legislation be enacted it is estimated that the eventual charge against the Federal Treasury will approximate $107,760.

While I personally favor the legislation, the Acting Director of the Bureau of the Budget has advised that it would not be in accord with the financial program of the President. Sincerely yours,

Harold L. ICKES,

Secretary of the Interior. The Senate added sections 2, 3, 4, and 5 to this bill and passed it favorably April 9, 1935.

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