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PASSED AT THE
TERRITORY OF DAKOTA,
BEGUN AND HELD AT BISMARCK, THE CAPITAL OF SAID TERRITORY,
AND CONCLUDED MARCH II, A. D. 1887.
THE ORGANIC LAW.
BOUNDARIES OF DAKOTA. Ail that part of the territory of the United States included within the following limits, namely: Commencing at a point in the main channel of the Red River of the North, where the fortyninth degree of north latitude crosses the same; thence up the main channel of the same and along the boundary of the state of Minnesota to Big Stone lake; thence along the boundary line of the state of Minnesota to the Iowa line; thence along the boundary line of the state of Iowa to the point of intersection between the Big Sioux and Missouri rivers; thence up the Missouri river and along the boundary line of the state of Nebraska to the mouth of the Niobrara or Running Water river; thence following up the same, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to the mouth of the Keya Paha or Turtle Hill river; thence up that river to the forty-third parallel of north latitude; thence due west to the twenty-seventh meridian of longitude west from Washington; thence due north on that meridian to the forty-ninth degree of north latitude; thence east along the forty-ninth degree of north latitude to the place of beginning, is organized into a temporary government by the name of the Territory of Dakota. (Section 1900 of the Revised Statutes of the United States.]
Be it enacted, etc., That the northern boundary of the state of Nebraska shall be, and hereby is, subject to the provisions hereinafter contained, extended so as to include all that portion of the territory of Dakota lying south of the forty-third parallel of north latitude and east of the Keya Paha river and west of the main channel of the Missouri river; and when the Indian title to the lands thus described shall be extinguished, the jurisdiction over said land shall be, and hereby is, ceded to the state of Nebraska, and subject to all the conditions and limitations provided in the act of congress admitting Nebraska into the Union, and the northern boundary of the state shall be extended to said forty-third parallel as fully and effectually as if said lands had been included in the boundaries of said state at the time of its admission into the Union; reserving to the United States the original right of soil in said lands, and of disposing of the same; Provided, That this act,
so far as jurisdiction is concerned, shall not take effect until the president shall by proclamation declare that the Indian title to said lands has been extinguished, nor shall it take effect until the state of Nebraska shall have assented to the provisions of this act, and if the state of Nebraska shall not, by an act of its legislature, consent to the provisions of this act within two years next after the passage hereof, this act shall cease and be of no effect. [Approved March 28, 1882.] THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF THE REVISED STATUTES
UNITED STATES, OF 1874, AND EXTRACTS FROM SUBSEQUENT STATUTES AT LARGE, INCLUDE ALL EXISTING UNITED STATES LAWS RELATING TO DAKOTA : SECTION 1839. Nothing in this title shall be construed to impair the rights of person or property pertaining to the Indians in any territory, so long as such rights remain unextinguished by treaty between the United States and such Indians, or to include any territory which, by treaty with any Indian tribe, is not, without the consent of such tribe, embraced within the territorial limits or jurisdiction of any state or territory; but all such territory shall be excepted out of the boundaries and constitute no part of any territory now. or hereafter organized, until such tribe signifies its assent to the president to be embraced within a particular territory.
SEC. 1840. Nor shall anything in this title be construed to affect the authority of the United States to make any regulations respecting the Indians of any territory, their lands, property or rights, by treaty, law or otherwise, in the same manner as might be if no temporary government existed or is hereafter established in any such territory.
SEC. 1841. The executive power of each territory shall be vested in a governor, who shall hold his office for four years and until his successor is appointed and qualified, unless sooner removed by the president. He shall reside in the territory for which he is appointed, and shall be commander-in-chief of the militia thereof. He may grant pardons and reprieves, and remit fines and forfeitures for offenses against the laws of the territory for which he is appointed, and respites for offenses against the laws of the United States, till the decision of the president can be made known thereon. He shall commission all officers who are appointed under the laws of such territory, and shall take care that the laws thereof be faithfully executed.
SEC. 1842. Every bill which has passed the legislative assembly of any territory shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the governor. If he approve, he shall sign it, but if not, he shall return it, with his objections, to that house in which it originated, and that house shall enter the objections at large on its journal and proceed to reconsider. If, after such reconsideration, two-thirds of that house agree to pass the bill, it shall be