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636 TREATY IVITH THE CHIPPEWAS. AVG. 2, 1855. IN EXECUTIVE SESSION, SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, April 15th, 1856. Resolved, (two thirds of the Senators present concurring,) That the Senate advise and consent to the ratification of the treaty, made with the Chippewas of Saginaw, Swan Creek and Black River on the second day of August, eighteen hundred and fifty-five, with the following AMENDMENTS. Amendments. ARTICLE 1. Strike out the words “A tract of land in one body, equal in extent to two townships on the north side of Saginaw Bay, to bc selected by them, and notice given, as above provided," and insert, in lien thereof, the words " townships Nos. 17 and 18, north ranges, 3, 4, and 5, east.” SAME ARTICLE. Insert, after the word "entitled," last clause but one, the following, " and the same right to sell and dispose of land entered by them, under the provisions of the act of Congress known as the Graduation Act.” ARTICLE 2. Add thereto the following paragraphs: “The United States will also pay the further sum of four thousand dollars for the purpose of purchasing a saw-mill, and in repair of the same, and in adding thereto the necessary machinery and Hxtures for a run of stone for grinding grain-the same to be located on the tract described in clause ‘second,’ Article 1." “ The United States will also pay the further sum of twenty thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, to be applied in liquidation of the present just indebtedness of the said Indians; provided, that all claims presented shall be investigated under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior within six months, who shall prescribe such rules and regulations for conducting such investigation, and for testing the validity and justice of the claims as he shall deem suitable and proper. And no claim shall be paid except on the certificate of the said Secretary that, in his opinion, the same is justly and equitably due; and all claimants, who shall not present their claims within such time as may be limited by said Secretary, or, whose claims having been presented, shall be disallowed by him, shall be forever precluded from collecting the same, or maintaining an action thereon in any court whatever; And, provided, also, that no portion of the money due said Indians for annuities, as herein provided, shall ever be appropriated to pay their debts under any pretence whatever; provided that the balance of the amount herein allowed as a. just increase for the sessions and relinquishments aforesaid, after satisfaction of the awards of the Secretary of the Interior, shall be paid to the said Indians, or expended for their benefit in such manner as the Secretary shall prescribe, in aid of any of the objects specified in this treaty. Attest: ASBURY DICKINS, Secretary. We the undersigned chiefs and headmen of the Chippewas of Saginaw and of the Chippewas of the Swan Creek and Black River having heard the foregoing amendments read and the same having been fully explained to us by our agent, do hereby agree to and ratify the same. Done at Saginaw this 14th day of May, A. D. 1856. NANCK·CHE—GAWV-ME, his x mark. [L. s.] O- SAWV-XVAW-BUN, his x mark. [L. s.] SI1A\V—YVAY-NAW-SEGAY, his x mark. [L. WAY-SHAW-WAN·NO, his x mark. s.]