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Josephine Laflore Long, Choctaw Minor

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Class 6.

The claimants in the following cases are minor children of enrolled Indians whose names were omitted from the final roll, but who were entitled to be placed thereon:

Josephine Laflore Long Et Al., Choctaw Minor.
Dawes Commission, No. 872.

Forbis Long, father of these children, is enrolled opposite No. 16005 upon the approved roll of citizens by blood of the Choctaw Nation, and their sister, Francis Long, appears upon the approved roll of minor Choctaws enrolled under the act of Congress 01 April 26, 1906, opposite No. 669.

Record

July 17, 1906. Application made to the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes for enrollment as minor citizens of the Choctaw Nation of Josephine Laflore Long, Francis Long, and Jake Laflore Long.

September 20, 1906. Proof of birth of Francis Long completed and child enrolled by Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes.

October 15, 1906. Enrollment of Francis Long approved by Secretary of the Interior.

February 13, 1907. Proof of birth of Josaphine Laflore Long and Jake Laflore Long completed and children enrolled by Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes.

March 1, 1907. Enrollment of Forbis Long, father of claimants, canceled by Secretary of the Interior.

March 1, 1907. Enrollment of Josaphine Laflore Long and Jake Laflore Long disapproved by the Secretary of the Interior.

March 4, 1907. Enrollment of Francis Long, sister of claimants, canceled by Secretary of the Interior.

January 19, 1909. Forbus Long and Francis Long, father and sister of claimants, restored to the roll by departmental authority of January 19, 1909, in accordance with the opinion of the United States Supreme Court of November 30, 1908, in the Goldsby and Allison cases.

March 1, 1909. Department requests report as to claimants.

April 17. 1909. Report to department showing the facts set forth above and stating that the applications for enrollment of these claimants were made upon blanks prepared for that purpose; that no formal decision was prepared by the commission, but when the proof of birth was complete the applications were approved and the names of the claimants placed upon a schedule which was forwarded to the department for approval as a part of the final roll; that the proof of birth of these claimants was not complete at the time their sister, Francis Long, was enrolled by the commissioner and her enrollment approved by the department, and their names were not forwarded at that time for that reason.

Subsequent to February 13. 1907, when the names of these claimants were transmitted for approval, the Secretary of the Interior had, in accordance with an opinion of the Attorney General of the United States of February 19,1907, in the William C. Thompson and Richard B. Coleman cases, on March 1, 1907, canceled the enrollment of Forbis Long, father of claimants, and on March 4, 1907, the enrollment of Francis Long was canceled and that of these claimants disapproved by the Secretary of the Interior.

When the names of Forbis Long and Francis Long, father and sister of the claimants, were restored to the roll these claimants, never having been upon the approved roll of citizens of the Choctaw Nation, their names were not included in departmental instructions of January 19, 1909.

August 25, 1909. Department held that this case was not analogous to that of John E. Goldsby and did not come within the principles announced by the Supreme Court of the United States in its opinion of November 30, 1908, and that no action would be taken looking to the enrollment of these claimants.

Counsel for claimants respectfully represent that Forbis Long, the father of claimants, is enrolled on the approved roll of citizens by blood of the Choctaw Nation, opposite No. 16005, and their sister, Francis Long, is enrolled upon the approved roll of minor Choctaws under the act of April 26, 1906, and that the following claimants are in equity entitled to be enrolled as citizens of the Choctaw Nation: Josaphine Laflore Long, Jake Laflore Long.

(Two in all.) .

Respectfully submitted.
Ballinger & Lee

Department Of The Interior.
Muskogee, Okla., December 23, 1910

 


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