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71ST CONGRESS

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REPORT No. 754

TRUSTEES OF RELIGIOUS AND MISSIONARY SOCIETIES

IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

May 29, 1930.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. CAPPER, from the Committee on the District of Columbia,

submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 3144)

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 3144) to amend section 601 of subchapter 3 of the Code of Laws for the District of Columbia, having considered the same, report favorably thereon, with the recommendation that the bili

do pass.

The sole purpose of the bill is to permit religious or missionary societies, incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia, to provide in their by-laws that less than a majority of their trustees may constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

The subchapter of the District Code in which the section to be amended is found refers only to organizations formed for benevolent, charitable, educational, literary, musical, scientific, religious, or missionary purposes, and to societies formed for mutual improvement or for the promotion of the arts.

The reason for this proposed legislation is that Washington is more and more becoming the site of national churches of various denominations. In the organization of the boards of trustees of these national memorial churches it is customary to appoint outstanding men interested in the denominations from all, or nearly all, of the States.

It would be impossible to carry out this plan and at the same time hold meetings for the legal transaction of business, because of the obvious impossibility of assembling a majority of the trustees from the various States.

The committee knows of no opposition to this bill, and believes the proposed legislation would be helpful. The bill has the approval of the District Commissioners, whose letter on the matter is aprended hereto, as part of this report.

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COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, May 22, 1930. Hon. ARTHUR CAPPER, Chairman Committee on the District of Columbia,

United States Senate, Washington, D. C. SIR: The Commissioners of the District of Columbia have the honor to submit herewith the following on H. R. 3144, Seventy-first Congress, second session, entitled "An act to amend section 601 of subchapter 3 of the Code of Laws for the District of Columbia,” which you referred to them for report as to the merits of the bill and the propriety of its passage.

The proposed legislation amends section 601 of subchapter 3 of the Code of Laws for the District of Columbia by permitting less than a majority of the trustees, directors, or managers to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business if so specified in the by-laws of the corporation.

In view of the fact that in many corporations of this character it is difficult to obtain a quorum consisting of a majority of the trustees, the commissioners believe that the change proposed by the legislation is desirable and they recommend favorable action on the bill. Very truly yours,

L. H. REICHELDERFER, President. O

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

following

REPORT

(To accompany S. J. Res. 167)

The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (S. J. Res. 167) to clarify and amend an act entitled "An act conferring jurisdiction upon the Court of Claims to hear, examine, adjudicate, and enter judgment in any claims which the Assiniboine Indians may have against the United States, and for other purposes,” approved March 2, 1927, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with a recommendation that the bill do pass without amendment.

This bill has the recommendation of the Secretary of the Interior and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, os set forth in the letters, which are appended hereto and made a part of this report.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, May 28, 1930. Hon. LYNN J. FRAZIER, Chairman Committee on Indian Affairs,

United States Senate. My Dear Mr. ChairmAN. With further reference to your request of April 22 for a report on S. J. Res. 167, which would amend the act conferring jurisdiction upon the Court of Claims to hear and adjudicate claims of the Assiniboine Indians against the United States, there is transmitted herewith a memorandum from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. After a review of the proposed measure, I agree with Commissioner Rhoads. Very truly yours,

Ray LYMAN WILBUR, Secretary.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS,

Washington, May 7, 1930. Memorandum for the Secretary.

The accompanying letter from Hon. Lynn J. Frazier, chairman Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, transmitted for a report a copy of S. J. Res. 167, to clarify and amend an act entitled “An act conferring jurisdiction upon the Court of Claims to hear, examine, adjudicate, and enter judgment in any claim which the Assiniboine Indians may have against the United States, and for other purposes,” approved March 2, 1927.

The Assiniboine Indians have filed a petition under the act of March 2, 1927 (44 Stat. L. 1263). This act authorized the adjudication of claims arising under the treaty of Fort Laramie of September 17, 1851 (11 Stat. L. 749) (2 Kappler, 594), and that of October 17, 1855 (11 Stat. L. 657). The treaty of Fort Laramie awarded certain lands south of the Missouri River to the Assiniboine Tribe. This treaty described the reservations of the various Indian nations parties thereto south of the Missouri River, but made no provision for the land lying north thereof. The last paragraph of article 5 of the Fort Laramie treaty reads as follows:

"It is, however, understood that, in making this recognition and acknowledgment, the aforesaid Indian nations do not hereby abandon or prejudice any rights or claims they may have to other lands; and further, that they do not surrender the privilege of hunting, fishing, or passing over any of the tracts of country heretofore described.”

Part of the Assiniboine lands were involved in the treaty of 1855 with the Blackfeet Nation. The act of April 15, 1874 (18 Stat. L., 28), set apart another area of the lands claimed by the Assiniboine Indians as a reservation for the Blackfeet, Blood, Piegan, Gros Ventres, and River Crows. Another part of the lands claimed by the Assiniboines are involved in the agreement ratified by the act of May 1, 1888 (25 Stat. L., 113). The Assiniboine Indians were parties to the agreement of 1888, but the other tribes received much of the consideration for the cession. The purpose of this resolution is to clarify and make definite the right of the Assiniboine Indians to claim the lands above-mentioned north of the river.

The act of March 2, 1927, expressly mentioned claims arising under or growing out of the treaty of Fort Laramie of September 17, 1851, and the treaty of October 17, 1855. While the act did not mention specifically the acts of 1874 and 1888, it did provide that the Court of Claims should have jurisdiction to adjudicate claims arising under any subsequent act of Congress, treaty, agreement, or Executive order, or treaty with any other Indian tribe or nation that violates any of the treaty rights of the Assiniboine Indian Nation. The act of 1927 being somewhat indefinite, it appears that legislation is desired to clarify the terms thereof. In view of the above it is recommended that S. J. Res. 167 be enacted into law.

C. S. RHOADB, Commissioner. O

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Mr. COPELAND, from the Committee on Commerce, submitted the

following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 1812)

The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 1812) to authorize the collection of annual statistics relating to certain public institutions, have considered the same and report thereon with amendments, and as so amended recommend that the

The bill thus amended has the approval of the Department of Commerce, as will appear by the annexed communications which are made a part of this report, the amendments referred to therein having been incorporated in the bill as reported.

bill do pass.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE,

Washington, December 10, 1929. Hon. W. L. JONES, Chairman Committee on Commerce,

United States Senate. My DEAR SENATOR: I have your letter of the 21st ultimo, requesting a report from this department on S. 1812, entitled “To authorize the collection of annual statistics relating to certain public institutions.”'

For the information of your committee I am inclosing herewith a memorandum dated November 26, 1929, from the Director of the Bureau of the Census regarding this bill; also a letter from the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, dated December 6. 1929. Very truly yours,

E. F. MORGAN, Acling Secretary of Commerce.

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