LETTER ON FLOWAGE RIGHTS 1916 October, 12
Department of the Interior
Office of Indian Affairs
October 12, 1916
Mr. Henry J. McQuigg
Superintendent Hayward Indian School
My dear Mr. McQuigg,
The Office has received your letter of September 6, 1916, with reference to that provisions in the Indian Appropriation Bill approved May 18, 1916, relating to the acquisition of flowage rights within the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation
In response you are informed that under said provision of the law the consent of the Indians of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe must be obtained as to Tribal Lands only. As to allotted lands, the consent of the allottee is all that is required. If the Wisconsin-Minnesota Light and Power Company or Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company, or any other company desires to obtain the benefits of said provisions of law, they should file formal application with you accompanied by a map in duplicate drawn on tracing linen, and by showing as to incorporation, good faith and financial responsibility, etc., All as set forth in the regulations under the Acts of February 15, 1901 (31 Stat. L. 790) and March 3, 1891 (26 Stat. L. 1095). A copy of the regulations is enclosed herewith.
A few days ago, Mr. Charles McPherson, of the American Public Utility Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan, took up the matter personally with the Office and he was advised in accordance with the foregoing.
Upon receipt of application as above outlined, you should arrange at an early date to go over the matter with a representative of the applicant company, and if possible formulate some plan of settlement the adoption of which you would be willing to recommend. The matter should be taken up with the allottees in interest and written statements of their views obtained; also a council of the Tribe should be called for the purpose of procuring an expression of its views, so far as tribal lands are concerned.
For further detailed instructions regarding the method of taking up applications of this kind, see Office circulars numbers 485, 615 and 756 and be governed accordingly.
Very truly yours