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3 "eighteen hundred and sixty-five, and for which, for the most "part, certificates in the names of individual Indians to whom "tracts have been assigned, have been issued by the Commissio- "ner of Indian Affairs, as in said article provided: [[underlined]] "Provided, [[/underlined]] "That any Indian to whom a tract of land has been assigned and "certificate issued, or who was entitled to receive the same, "under the provisions of the said fourth article, and who has "made valuable improvements thereon, and any Indian who, being "entitled to an assignment and certificate under said article, "has settled and made valuable improvements upon a tract as- "signed to any Indian who has never occupied or improved such "tract, shall have a preference right to select the tract upon "which his improvements are situated, for allotment under the "provisions of this section: [[underlined]] Provided, further [[/underlined]], That all al- "lotments made under the provisions of this section shall be "selected by the Indians, heads of families selecting for their "minor children, and the Agent shall select for each orphan "child; after which the certificates issued by the Commis- "sioner of Indian Affairs as aforesaid, shall be deemed and "held to be null and void."
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