Official Act Regarding Cherokee Senate Bill #22
ROOSEVELT, Theodore (1858-1919). Vice-President of the U.S. (March 1901-Sept. 14, 1901). The 26th President of the United States (Sept. 14,1901-1909).
BUFFINGTON, Thomas Mitchell (1855-1938). Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. He was elected to two two-year terms as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation and was called the last great chief as no one since has managed to claim as much power. Partly printed document of the Executive Office, Cherokee Nation, dated February 5, 1902. Executive Mansion White House, Washington Approved: and signed T. Roosevelt. The old form of document was used as the name of Executive Mansion was changed to White House about four months earlier. This document certifies that an act was passed at the regular session, 1901 and approved on Dec.4, 1901 and submitted for the approval of the President of the United States. Buffington states that he has signed his name as Principal Chief and caused the Great Seal of the Nation to be affixed. Signed T.M. Buffington. In addition, J.T. Parks, Executive Secretary has also signed his name. Together with this item, part of this lot is the document Senate Bill #22 with the stamp “Received Dec. 29, 1901 Office of U.S. Indian Inspector for Indian Territory.” This Act is a suit instituted in the United States Court for the Northern District of the Indian territory by T.M. Buffington and others against the Dawes Commission. They are asking for $2,000 dollars out of the General Fund belonging to the Cherokee Nation to pay as a fee for a law firm and $200 available to pay Court costs, costs of brief and other incidental expenses connected with this suit. Passed the Senate, December 3rd., 1901. Hand signed by the Clerk of the Senate, Clerk of the Council President of the Senate, Speaker of the Council and finally “Approved Dec.4.1901 T.M. Buffington Principal Chief. Both documents appx. 8”x12” and in excellent condition..........................$3750.00