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  • Item Category: Textiles, Clothing & Accessories
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 23,2010
  • Channel: Online Auction

This is a wonderful and rare presidential land grant to a Native American Indian woman named Al-i-werkt Tu-lah-leti-tsur, "an Indian residing on the Yakima Indian reservation." The document reads in its entirety:

The United States of America

To all to whom these presents shall come, GREETINGS:

Was T has been deposited in the General Land Office of the United States a schedule of allotments of land, dated May 10, 1897, from the Comissioner of Indian Affairs, approved by the Secretary of the Interior May 11, 1897, wby it appears that under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved February 8, 1887 (24 Stats., 388,) as amended by the Act of February 28, 1891 (26 Stats., 794) Al-i-werkt Tu-lah-leti-tsur, an Indian residing on the Yakima Indian reservation has been allotted the following described land, viz: The west half of the north west quarter of section thirty five in township ten north of range twenty East of the Willamette meridian in Washington, containing eighty acres

Now know ye, That the United States of America, in consideration of the premises and in accordance with the provisions of the fifth section of said Act of Congress of the 8th February, 1887, BY DECLARES that it does and will hold the land thus allotted (subject to all the restrictions and conditions contained in said fifth section) for the period of twenty five years, in trust for the sole use and benefit of the said Al-i-werkt Tu-lah-leti-tsur, or in case of her decease, for the sole use of her heirs, according to the laws of the State or Territory w such a land is located, and that at the expiration of said period the United States will convey the same by patent to said Indian, or her heirs, as aforesaid in fee, discharged of said trust and free of all charge or incumbrance whatsoever: Provided, That the President of the United States may, in his discretion, extend the said period.

In testimony wof, I, William McKinley, President of the United States of America, have caused these Letters to be made Patent and the Seal of the General Land Office to be unto affixed.

Given under my hand at the City of Washington, this tenth day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety seven and of the Independence of the United States, the one hundred and twenty second.

By the President: William McKinley (signed)

By: F.M. McKean, Secretary (signed)

Signature of the Recorder of the General Land Office (signature indistinguishable)

Recorded Vol. 53, p. 124

This land grant document measures 15 7/8" high and 10" wide. The frame measures 23 3/8" high by 19 3/8" wide.

Included in this sale is an old 48 star US flag. This wonderful land grant deed to an Indian woman living on the Yakima Indian Reservation is framed over this old American flag. The flag has 48 stars so it was made sometime after 1912 and before 1959. It appears to me to be much closer to 1912 than it does 1959. It measures approximately 4' 4" wide and approximately 2' 10" high.