Executive Order 1477—Restoring Lands to White Mountain Indian Reservation
Under authority of the act of Congress of June 4, 1897 (30 Stats., 11 at 34 and 36), and upon recommendation of the Secretary of Agriculture, it is hereby ordered that on and after March 1, 1912, the boundaries of the Crook National Forest, Ariz., as proclaimed September 26, 1910, be modified by excluding therefrom that part of the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation included in the Apache National Forest by proclamation of March 2, 1909, and transferred to this, the said Crook National Forest, by proclamation of September 26, 1910.
The purpose of this exclusion is to restore the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation in all respects to the status existing prior to the said proclamation of March 2, 1909, as though the inclusion of the lands within the Crook National Forest had not been ordered, and said Indian reservation is hereby fully re-created and restored to that status.
WM. H. TAFT
William Howard Taft, Executive Order 1477—Restoring Lands to White Mountain Indian Reservation Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/277183