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Act of May 18, 1916 (39 Stat. 127)

Relevant Provisions: 
Leasing; partition; powers of the secretary of the interior

Contains a provision authorizing the leasing potentially irrigable allotted lands where the Indian landowner, by reason of age or disability, cannot personally occupy or improve the land.

If the secretary of the interior finds any inherited trust allotments are capable of partition to the advantage of the heirs, he may cause such lands to be partitioned among the heirs, regardless of their competency. Under these circumstances, the secretary may issue patents in fee to the “competent” heirs for their shares and trust patents to be issued to the” incompetent” heirs for the lands respectively or jointly set apart to them. The trust period of these lands will terminate in accordance with the terms of the original patent or order of extension of the trust period set out in said patent.

Click here for full text in Charles J. Kappler’s Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, produced by Oklahoma State University Library

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