Proclamation 555—Restoring to the Public Domain Certain Lands in the State of California
By the President of the United States of America
Whereas, by Executive Order dated December 27, 1875, Sections 5 and 6, township 15 south, range 2 east, San Bernardino Meridian, California, were with certain other tracts of land withdrawn from the public domain and reserved for the use of the Capitan Grande Band or Village of Mission Indians; and
Whereas, the Commission appointed under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved January 12, 1891, entitled "An Act for the relief of the Mission Indians in the State of California," (U. S. Statutes at Large, vol. 26, page 712) selected for the said Capitan Grande band or village of Indians certain tracts of land and intentionally omitted and excluded from such selection the said sections 5 and 6, township 15 south, range 2 east; and
Whereas, the report and recommendations of the said Commission were approved by Executive Order dated December 29, 1891, which Order also directed that "All of the lands mentioned in said report are hereby withdrawn from settlement and entry until patents shall have issued for said selected reservations, and until the recommendations of said Commission shall be fully executed, and, by the proclamation of the President of the United States, the lands or any part thereof shall be restored to the public domain ;" and
Whereas, a patent was issued March 10, 1894, to the said Indians for the lands selected by the Commission as aforesaid and which patent also excluded the said Sections 5 and 6, township 15 south, range 2 east; and
Whereas, it appears that on the 10th day of March, 1895, Joseph J. Henderson entered upon the Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, Section 5, township 15 south, range 2 east, San Bernardino Meridian, for the purpose of taking the land under the homestead law, and cannot make the requisite filings on the land occupied by him until it shall have been formally restored to the public domain, and that no good reason appears to exist for the further reservation of said Sections 5 and 6 for the said band of Indians;
Now, Therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested, do hereby declare and make known that Executive Orders dated December 27, 1875, and December 29, 1891, are so far modified as to except from their provisions Sections 5 and 6, of township 15 south, range 2 east, San Bernardino Meridian, and the said sections are hereby restored to the public domain.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done, at the City of Washington this 15th day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and five, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-ninth.
By the President:
FRANCIS B. LOOMIS,
Acting Secretary of State.
Theodore Roosevelt, Proclamation 555—Restoring to the Public Domain Certain Lands in the State of California Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/207323