Letter on Land for Catholic Church - 1882 November, 1
Department of the Interior
Office of Indian Affairs
November 1, 1882
W.R. Dufree, Esquire
U. S. Indian Agent
La Pointe Agency
I am in receipt of your communication, dated October 26, 1882, in which you enclose a copy of a petition, signed by the Chiefs and Headmen of the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Indians, asking that Lot 3, Section 5, Township 39N. R8W, containing 44.30 acres, be set apart for religious purposes and a cemetery, and a that a patent be granted for the same.
You state that the location selected is appropriate, and convenient, and recommend that it be reserved for that purpose, although no patent can be issued. You also state that it should be under the control of the Department; that no one denomination may have control on it and that the intention of the petition is to secure a location for a Catholic church and cemetery.
In reply I have to state that no patent can be granted, nor can any title be given for the purpose contemplated. The lot will be reserved from selection, however to be used by the Indians for cemetery purposes, and to remain under the control of the Department. Any denomination desiring to erect church buildings, with the express understanding, that all improvements made, will become the property of the United States, whenever the same are no longer required for the purposes indicated, or whenever the United States may require the land for other purposes, will be permitted to do so.
In case of the sale of the reservation at any future time, this Office will endeavor to secure the use of the property for the purpose mentioned so long as the same may be desired. You will advise this office of any action in this matter.