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EXECUTIVE PROCEEDINGS

THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

FROM WHICH

The injunction of secrecy has been removed, during the special ses.

sion of the Senate, commencing Monday, March 5, 1849.

Proceedings of the Senate on the treaty with the Stockbridge Indi

ans, from which the injunction of secrecy has been removed.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 1849. On motion by Mr. Dickinson, Ordered, That the injunction of secrecy be removed from the proceedings of the Senate on the articles of agreement and treaty made with the Stockbridge tribe of Indians on the 24th November, 1848.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1849. The following message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Walker, his secretary: To the Senate of the United States:

I transmit, herewith, for the consideration and advice of the Senate, with regard to its ratification, a treaty, concluded on the 24th day of November, 1848, by Morgan L. Martin and Albert G. Ellis, commissioners on the part of the United States, and the sachems, councillors, and head men of the Stockbridge tribe of Indians, together with a report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and other papers explanatory of the same.

JAMES K. POLK. WASHINGTON, February 5, 1849.

The message was read.

The articles of agreement and treaty, made and concluded at Stockbridge, in the State of Wisconsin, on the 24th day of November, in the year of our Lord, 1848, by and between Morgan L. Martin and Albert G. Ellis, commissioners on the part of the Uni. ted States of America, and the Stockbridge tribe of Indians, was read the first time; and,

On motion by Mr. Atchison, Ordered, That the articles of agreement and treaty, with the message and accompanying documents, be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs, and printed in confidence for the use of the Senate.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 1849. Mr. Bell, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the 6th February, the articles of agreement and treaty with the Stockbridge tribe of Indians, reported it with the following amendment:

Add the following as supplemental articles:

Whereas, the Stockbridge and Munsee Indians consider that they have a claim against the United States for indemnity for certain lands on White river, in tne State of Indiana, and for certain other lands in the State of Wisconsin, which they allege they have been deprired of, by treates entered into with the Miamis' and Delawares, or to the lands claimed by them in Indiana, and with the Menomonies and Winnebagos, or to the lands in Wisconsin, without their consent: And whereas, the said Stockbridge and Munsee Indians, by their chiefs and agents, have continued to prosecute tbeir said claims during the last twenty years, at their own expense, except the sum of three thousand dollars paid then in 1821: Aod wliereas, it is desirable that all ground of discontent on the part of said Indians shall be removed, the United States do further stipulate, in consideration of the relinquishment by them of said claims, and all others, except as provided in this treaty, to pay to the sachems, or chiefs, of said Indians, on the ratification of this article by them, with the assent of their people, the sum of five thousand dollars, and the further sum of twenty thousand dollars, to be paid in ten annual instalments, to commence when the said Indians shall have selected and removed to their new homes, as contemplated by the seventh article of this treaty.

The President of the United States, within two years of the ratification of this treaty, shall procure for the use of said Stockbridge Indians a quanlity of land west of the Mississippi river, upon which they shall reside, not less than seventy-two sections; said Indians to be consulted as to the location of said land, and to be holden by the same tenure as other Indian lands.

On motion by Mr. Bell, The Senate, by unanimous consent, proceeded to consider as in Committee of the whole, the said articles of agreement and treaty; and

On the question, “Shall the said additional articles reported by the committee stand as part of the treaty?"

It was determined in the affirmative,

Yeas...

37 Nays..

2 Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Atohison, Atherton, Baldwin, Bell, Berrien, Borland, Clarke, Corwin, Davis, of Massachusetts, Davis of Mississippi, Dickinson, Dix, Dodge, of Iowa, Douglas, Downs, Fitzpatrick, Foote, Hannegan, Houston, Johnson, of Maryland, Johnson, of Louisiana, Johnson, of Georgia, Jones, King, Mangum, Miller, Niles, Pearce, Phelps, Rusk, Sebastian, Spruance, Sturgeon, Un: derwood, Wales, Walker, Yulee.

Those who voted in the negative are,
Messrs. Cameron and Westcott.
So the amendment was agreed to.

And no further amendment being made, the treaty was reported to the Senate, and the amendment was concurred in.

Mr. Bell submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, (two-thirds of the Senators present concurring,) That the Senate advise and consent to the ratification of the articles of agreement and treaty made and concluded at Stockbridge, in the State of Wisconsin, on the 24th day of November, in the year of our Lord, 1818, by and between Morgan L. Martin and Albert G. Ellis, commissioners on the part of the United States of America and the Stockbridge tribe of Indians; with the following

Amendment:

Add the following as supplemental articles:

Whereas, the Stockbridge and Munsee Indians consider that they have a claim against the United States for indemnity for certain lands on White river, in the State of Indiana, and for certain other lands in the State of Wisconsin, which they allege they have been deprived of by treaties entered into with the Miamas and Delawares, or to the lands claimed by them in Indiana, and with the Menomonies and Winnebagos, or to the lands in Wisconsin, with out their consent: And whereas, the said Stockbridge and Munsee Indians, by their chiefs and agents, have continued to prosecute their said claims during the last twenty years at their own expense, except the sum of three thousand dollars paid them in 1821: And whereas, it is desirable that all ground of discontent on the part of said Indians shall be removed, the United States do further stipulate, in consideration of the relinquishment by them of said claims and all others, except as provided in this tre ty, to pay to the sachems or chiefs of said Indians, on the ratification of this article by them, with the assent of their people, the sum of five thousand dollars, and the further sum of twenty thousand dollars, to be paid in ten annual instalments, to commence when the said Indians shall have selected and removed to their new homes, as contemplated by the seventh article of this treaty.

The President of the United States, within two years from the fatification of this treaty, shall procure, for the use of said Stock

bridge Indians, a quantity of land west of the Mississippi river, upon which they shall reside, not less than seventy-two sections; said Indians to be consulted as to the location of said land, and to be holden by the same as other Indian lands,

The Senate, by unanimous consent, proceeded to consider the said resolution; and On the question to agree thereto,

Yeas
Ş

32 It was determined in the affirmative,

Nays.

3
Those who vited in the affirmative are,
Messrs. Atchison, Atherton, Baldwin, Bell, Berrien, Bradbury,
Clarke, Corwin, Davis, of Massachusetts, Davis, of Mississippi,
Dickinson, Dix, Dodge, of Iowa, Downs, Fitzpatrick, Hannegan,
Houston, Johnson, of Maryland, Johnson, of Georgia, Jones, King,
Mangum, Miller, Niles, Pearce, Phelps, Rusk, Spruance, Uoder-
wood, Wales, Walker, Yulee.

Those who voted in the negative are,
Messrs. Bright, Cameron, Westcott.
So the resolution was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Secretary lay the said resolution before the President of the United States.

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62

Abney, Rhoda, petition....

118 Abolition of slavery. (See Slavery.) Academy. (See Military Academy.) Accounts of public officers and others who may have received moneys arising

from military contributions or otherwise in Mexico, settlement of. (See bill

H. R. 717.)
Acken, Wm. D. petition.....

88 Acken, Julia... } committee discharged and again reserred.

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97 Acts and resolutions of the 24 session of the 30th Congress, list of.

340 Adams, John, writings of, petition of Litile and Brown asking patronage of gov. ernment to a publication of.......

163 Adjourn, yeas and nays on motions to adjourn....

102, 202, 331 notice to the Senate that the House of Representatives is ready to ad. journ

335 joint committee to inform the President that Congress is ready to adjourn 338, 339 report ....

339 notice to the House of Representatives that Senate is about to adjourn.

339 Adjutant general's office, memorial of Johu M. Hepburn and others, clerks in, for compensation for extra services.......

264 Adkins, Elizabeth, leave to withdraw...

115 Africa, petition of A. M Carnahan and others, for the transportation of emigrants to Liberia in United States vessels going to the coast of Africa....

102 committee discharged and ordered 10 jie on the table.

116 Agricultural de parıment of government, memorial of J. S. Skinner relative to; yeas and nays on motion to refer to a select committee....

62 referred to the Committee on Agriculture... Agricultural bureau...

141 memorial of the New York Agricultural Society.... Agricultural statistics. ) Alabama, citizens of, petition for a division of the State into two judicial districts 255 committee discharged....

280 payment of interest on advances by, to the government during the Creek

(See bill S. 351.)
United States district courts in. (See bill H. R. 701.)
land claims in. (See bill S 262 )
division of, into two judicial districts, petition of citizens of.

255 commitiee discharged....

280 Indian reservation in, bill to relinquish the reversionary interest of the

United States in a certain. (See bill S. 163 )
bill to extend the provisions of the act of March 3, 1817, for carrying

into effect the compacts with Alabama and Missouri relative to the
five per cent. fund and school reservations. (See bill S. 470 )
bill to cede to, the unsolit lands in that State. (See bill S. 184.)

university of, remission of duties on a telescope for. (See bill $. 358.) Albemarle sound and the Atlantic ocean, communication between. (See bill S.

422.) Alden, Judah, resolution for leave to withdraw.....

368, 369 Aldrich, Polly. (See bill H. R. 447.) Aldrich, s. w., David P. Wells, and N. H. Wyse, petition...

171 Algiers, Louisiana, resolution of the Legislature of Louisiana for a foundry and armory at....

179 Alien passengers, security against becoming a public charge, resolution by Mr. Webster relative lo.

194, 226 printing the decisions of the judges of the Supreme Court in the

cases of Smith os. Turner and Norris os. the city of Boston;
resolution by Mr. Webster.....

226 resolution by Mr. Foote..

368, 368 yeas and nays,

368

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