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charter granved to it by Congress be amended as provided in this bill, so that its irsurance activities can hereafter be conducted as a separate mutual legal-reserve life-insurance corporation without being confined to the membership of the fraternal division.

When this bill has passed and becomes a law, if the supreme legislative body, in the manner provided by the laws of the order, should authorize such a division of its activities and the superintendent of insurance for the District of Columbia should approve, then thereafter the insurance corporation will be a separate legal entity engaged in insurance activities for the mutual benefit of its members and their beneficiaries, without profit and subject to the supervision, restrictions, and limitations of the laws relating to similar legal reserve life insurance corporations. This act would not give the corporation any special privileges not granted by law to other similar corporations, and this corporation would still have to comply with the insurance laws of the different States in which it may hereafter conduct its business, just the same as any other similar insurance corporation.

The prime object of this bill is to enable the order in ample time to take the necessary steps to protect its present policyholders by making it possible to inject new blood by the procuring of younger members in its insurance group.

An examination of the bill discloses that proper provisions are included so as to insure ample protection of the policyholders. Under the bill the original corporation is not dissolved,

. but the resulting separate corporation takes over the insurance business, assuming and carrying out all the obligations and liabilities now existing. In another safeguarding provision it is expressly provided that nothing contained in this act and nothing done under its authority shall impair or operate to impair the obligation of any contract.

In order that there can be no question that any special privilege is granted this corporation, the committee recommends an amendment by way of a new section, as follows:

Sec. 7. Such corporation shall be subject to all the laws of the respective States, including the District of Columbia, with respect to similar mutual legal reserve life insurance corporations.

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PER CAPITA PAYMENTS TO INDIANS OF PINE RIDGE

RESERVATION

FEBRUARY 12, 1930.-— Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

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

the following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 9306)

The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 9306) to authorize per capita payments to the Indians of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, S. Dak., having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it do pass.

The Pine Ridge Indians have for a number of years endeavored to put on an agricultural program and have made considerable progress toward making themselves self-sustaining. Last year, however, due

: in large measure to adverse weather conditions, little was produced and very few have any money from which to meet incidental expenses in connection with putting in another crop.

Some weeks ago their tribal council sent a delegation to Washington. During conferences here with the officials of the Indian Office it was agreed that a small per capita payment of not more than $7.50 should be made. No payment can be made, however, without authority from Congress. The bill confers general authority, as both the representatives of the Indians and the bureau thought this would be the most satisfactory way of dealing with the subject. Any future emergency can then be taken care of without special legislation.

Following is a letter from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs relating to the subject:

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS,

Washington, January 28, 1930. My DEAR MR. WILLIAMSON: The receipt is acknowledged of your letter of January 18, relative to a per capita payment to the Pine Ridge Indians, which requires the authority of Congress. We agree with your suggestion that instead HR-71-2-VOL

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of authorizing a payment of any particular sum it would be better to so phrase the bill as to give the Secretary of the Interior general authority, in his discretion, to make payments from the tribal funds of the Pine Ridge Indians accruing under the act of May 27, 1910 (36 Stat. L. 442).

While the Indians were told that we would recommend a payment, no particular amount per capita was indicated. Sincerely yours,

C. J. RHOADS, Commissioner. Hon. William WILLIAMSON,

House of Representatives.

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ADDITION TO THE HOT SPRINGS RESERVE IN WYOMING

FEBRUARY 13, 1930.-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. 9562]

The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 9562) to authorize an appropriation for purchasing 20 acres for addition to the Hot Springs Reserve on the Shoshone or Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyo., having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it do pass without amendment.

The purpose of this bill is to add a 20-acre tract of land to the Wind River Reservation Reserve, so that valuable hot springs located on the reserve will be entirely surrounded by tribal lands. The hot springs are used extensively by Indians and others, and it is believed that with the addition of the 20-acre tract all danger of controversy with outside interests will be removed. The purchase is to be made with tribal funds at a consideration of $500. These Indians now have to their credit a fund of $135,000.

The favorable report of the Secretary of the Interior, as follows, goes into the matter in general detail:

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, February 3, 1930. Hon. Scott LEAVITT, Chairman Committee on Indian Affairs,

House of Representatives. My Dear MR. LEAVITT: There is submitted herewith draft of a proposed bill to authorize an appropriation of $500 from Indian tribal funds to purchase 20 acres of land for addition to the Hot Springs Reserve on the Shoshone or Wind River Reservation, Wyo.

The reserve was established by this department on May 11, 1907, and embraces the lot 1 of sec. 2, Twp. 1 S., R. 1 W., of the Wind River meridian, containing 40 acres. On this land is a hot spring which is used extensively by Indians and others for bathing. This property was recently improved with a concrete bathhouse, erected with Indian tribal funds. The entrance fee being charged persons other than Indians, Government, and Indian mission employees is yielding substantial returns, over $700 having been collected the first four months the bathhouse was open to the public.

Adjoining this reserve on the south is a 20-acre tract of land included in the trust allotment of Katie Norkok, Shoshone allottee No. 2, described as the N. 14, SE. 74, NE. 34, sec. 2, Twp. 1 S., R. 1 W., of the Wind River meridian, which the Indians are desirous of purchasing as an addition to their present reserve. It is crossed by a public highway. In the event this land is acquired the hot spring will then be entirely surrounded by tribal lands, all danger of controversy with private interests will be removed, and additional areas for parking purposes and erection of tourists' cottages will become available. The 20-acre tract is unfit for agricultural purposes.

It is valued at $25 per acre, or a total of $500. The allottee is a very old Indian woman, in need of funds for her support. She desires to dispose of the land for the purpose mentioned. Payment, therefore, may be made from the tribal fund “Proceeds, oil and gas land, Wind River Reservation, Wyo.,” in which the Indians now have to their credit approximately $135,000. Inasmuch as the purchase is to be made with tribal funds, it is believed that title to the land should be taken by the United States of America in trust for the Indians of the Wind River Reservation.

It is recommended that the proposed legislation receive the favorable considera. tion of your committee and the Congress. Very truly yours,

Ray LYMAN WILBUR, Secretary.

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