YORK TIMES – NEW YORK
PERCE RESERVATION TO BE OPENED – More Than Half a Million Acres of
Land to be Released for Settlement
Nov. 11 – A proclamation declaring open to settlement at noon,
(Pacific standard time,) Nov. 18, instant, all the unallotted and
unreserved lands acquired from the Nez Perce Indians under the terms of
and subject to all the conditions, limitations, reservations, and
restrictions contained in the agreement with these Indians, has been
issued by President Cleveland.
amount of land that will be opened to settlement is about 546,000 acres,
situated in the Nez Perce Reservation, in Idaho.
Any religious society or other organization occupying any of
these lands, under proper authority, for religious or educational work
among the Indians, is given the right to purchase the land so occupied
within two years, at the rate of $3 per acre.
the agreement with the Indians, the lands retained by the Government are
those remaining in the possession of the Nez Perces.
It is also stipulated that these Indians shall be subject for
twenty-five years to the laws of the United States, prohibiting the
introduction of intoxicants into the Indian country and that the
allottees shall, for a like period, be prohibited from selling
intoxicants to Indians.